The California legislature last week stamped approval on a sweeping legislative package that could dramatically alter the landscape for leased and independent owner-operators in the state, likely leaving such truckers who work in California with tough decisions about the future of their operation.
Leased owner-operators who live in California or operate frequently there could in time be forced to switch carriers. Or they may have to make a decision to transition to being either an employee of a carrier or an independent owner-operator with authority, should they wish to continue working in California.
“There will be a big decline in opportunities for owner-operators in California,” says Joe Rajkovacz, head of government affairs for the Western States Trucking Association. “You’re probably going to see an exit from the marketplace of motor carriers leasing owner-operators,” he says. He noted Swift and Werner have already pulled the plug on contracting with owner-operators in California. According to the article from overdriveonline.com and its author James Jaillet
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