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Fact Check: California Truck Regulations Aren’t to Blame for Cargo Backlog



Cargo containers sit stacked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)
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A popular Facebook post claim that a California “truck ban” and the labor law AB 5 are clogging the state’s ports is false, according to fact-checking by USA Today.

The nationwide media group found that the air pollution and labor laws cited in the Facebook post are real. But, according to industry experts, those rules aren’t contributing to supply chain delays in California.

For example, AB 5, which reclassifies many independent contractors as employees, doesn’t apply to truckers. Whether it ever does will be decided by the courts.

“To attribute the problems of today to (these rules) is not accurate,” said Miguel Jaller Martelo, co-director of the Sustainable Freight Research Program at the University of California Davis. “I would concentrate more on low wages, and new shipping trends that resulted from shifts in demand and consumption patterns during COVID.”

In addition, a spokeswoman for the California Air Resources Board told USA Today that about 96% of trucks serving the state’s big ports already comply with the emissions rule.

You can read the complete fact check at this link.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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