A convoy of truck drivers disrupted traffic on southbound Highway 99 and Interstate 5 early this afternoon. The drivers are protesting new federal regulations on logbooks. Dozens of big rigs started on a convoy in Yuba City, adding dozens more along the way to their intended destination of Fresno.
California Highway Patrol officers pulled over several of the trucks near downtown after they blocked four of the five highway lanes and slowed to almost a stop. The protest is part of a nationwide movement by truck drivers against a mandate for electronic tracking devices that will record how long they're driving for. Proponents of the new rule say it will improve safety and help enforce driving limits, but many truckers say this will unfairly hurt their incomes.
SAC Southbound I-5 watch for slow moving traffic into Sac County due to big-rig/semi convoy demonstration. Expect delays. No ETO— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) October 6, 2017
TRAFFIC ALERT: Big-rig protest slowing traffic on SB-99 on to SB I-5 at J St. pic.twitter.com/ddHjGftszp— Devin Yamanaka (@CapRadioDevin) October 6, 2017