Federal Bills Aim to Protect Port Truck Drivers from Exploitative Practices

Federal Bills Aim to Protect Port Truck Drivers from Exploitative Practices

Last month, House representatives introduced two federal bills aimed at stopping the exploitation of port truck drivers. This is the first federal attempt to protect these drivers since news broke about port trucking companies’ exploitation of them earlier this year.

Bill Would Introduce Labor Protections and Work Standards for Truck Drivers

The first bill, the Port Drivers’ Bill of Rights Act of 2017, provides basic work standards for port truckers. These include fair pay, labor protections, and freedom from “exploitative truck lease or rental agreements.” The bill also requires federal regulators to investigate port trucking companies and analyze their lease contracts.

Should Cities Have Authority to Regulate Trucking Companies?

The other bill is the Clean Ports Act of 2017. It was created to loosen federal restrictions preventing cities from regulating local port trucking companies. Retail companies have previously spent millions of dollars lobbying to block such legislation.

Will the bills be passed into law? It’s certainly questionable, considering the current administration’s attitude toward regulation. However, the exploitative actions of port trucking companies are undeniable at this point. They have failed to self-regulate, which has led to a disastrous situation for thousands of workers.

“This is both a local and national issue that our government has a responsibility to address. Our economy relies on truck drivers, and they deserve to be treated fairly,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.  

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