Following the Supreme Court of the United States declining to hear the case regarding AB-5 and how it applies to the truckers of California, truckers in California have taken to the streets to voice their concerns via protesting.
Starting July 13th and still going at the time of the writing of this article, approximately 100 truckers have taken to driving slowly around the highways surrounding the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to throw a wrench into the supply chain.
You might remember that at the end of last year and the start of 2022 that a backlog at the twin ports was cause for great concern economically. Considering the strain another backlog could put on the economy, it is clear to see that the protestors are pulling no punches in making their voices heard.
The reception from the twin ports have been surprisingly positive, despite the potential effect it may have on their business. Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said in a statement:
“As I was coming back from terminal island this morning… I noticed a number of truckers lining up, they have placards on their rigs saying ‘No to AB5.’ They’re just voicing their opinion. They have the right to free speech and protests…. We planned for this days ahead to make sure these protests were peaceful, organized. We gave them the breadth and depth and space they needed to voice their opinions but kept this cargo moving through the port complex; these drivers are very respectful of just that.”
The Port of Long Beach expressed a similar sentiment. “Our Harbor Patrol is working to ensure the safety and First Amendment rights of all concerned…we are working with our drayage partners and other stakeholders to ensure that goods can be delivered safely and quickly through the supply chain.”
We will have to wait and see what happens as a result of these protests. While speed limits are regularly posted on roads, minimum speed limits are harder to enforce because there tends to not be an established lower boundary.
For the time being, truckers driving through the 110 and the 710 may find slowdown as a result of the protests. Taking an alternate route is strongly advised.
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