Truck drivers, by nature, are an independent breed. They appreciate the open road and their independence.

That is why the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate is causing concern in the trucking industry. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is meeting with White House officials to caution them against moving forward with this policy. The ATA estimates 37% of drivers would leave the industry if the mandate is implemented. In an industry already short 80,000 drivers, a 37% decline in available drivers would be devastating.

Further on the subject of being an independent breed, California’s AB5 is looming in the background. If not heard by and properly ruled by the US Supreme Court, the law would effectively ban independent contractor drivers in California and force drivers to become employees or leave the once “golden state.”

These proposed mandates and laws are not good news for the already stressed supply chain.

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