The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey is aligning with leaders in the trucking and transportation industry to oppose moves to outlaw independent contractors. Industry leaders fear the legislation targeting independent contractors could up-end the system and ultimately disrupt the flow of commerce in the port, which could have an adverse effect on the state’s economy.
Recent actions in Trenton have led to restrictions on how independent truckers operate. The concern is whether these drivers are employees or independent contractors. While CIANJ appreciates the need to crack down on the misclassification of contractors, there needs to be an appreciation that these drivers serve a purpose. In a truly “free market” these operators are free to work for multiple companies and firms. Many of them have started their own businesses and have thrived. Government mandates will only thwart their ability to earn a living. The result will be a shortage of drivers – the same drivers who literally fuel our economy by delivering the products we enjoy every day. As a result, this will drive up costs and hinder our economic recovery.
Independent contractors fill a critical role in the transportation network, giving motor carriers flexibility to meet the demands of a competitive industry. CIANJ will continue to work to preserve the independent trucking industry.