Big rigs participating in a “rolling protest” slowed traffic Friday on southbound Highway 99 from Sacramento to Fresno, the California Highway Patrol said.
The rolling protest came the day after 300 truckers protested in front of Fresno City Hall for hours over a new federal rule requiring electronic logging devices in trucks.
The rolling protest began in Sacramento on Friday afternoon and snarled traffic on Interstate 5, Highway 99 and Highway 50. The Highway 99 convoy, which included many in cars, pulled off at the Sikh temple on Lincoln Avenue just north of Fowler.
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The CHP said that while it supports the “right to assemble,” blocking traffic and potentially slowing the response of emergency vehicles is against the law and dangerous.
Starting Dec. 18, long haul trucks must have an electronic logging device that tracks how many hours the trucker is using the vehicle. The old paper logbooks in use since the 1930s can no longer be used.
Advocates say the so-called ELD will prevent truckers from working too many hours and reduce the risk of devastating crashes. But truckers who work as owner-operators or owners of small trucking companies say the rule will add costs, cut their incomes, give large trucking companies an advantage and are an affront to human dignity.