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California Truckers Scramble, Voice Supply Chain Worries After AB5 Injunction Lifted



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A law designed to force gig-economy companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to accept workers as employees is also having a profound impact on the trucking industry. AB5 was intended to give transport workers more workplace protections, but for truckers who own and operate their own rigs, they said it may be the end of the road.

Late last month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to the new law that requires truck drivers to be employees of the trucking companies they do business with. Nearly all of the state’s goods are transported by truck, many of which are currently owned and operated by individual drivers.

One logistics company executive predicts many independent truckers will now leave California, which, he said, will only make the supply chain problems worse and the cost of everything in the state even more expensive.

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