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Truckers Want to Ban Self-Driving Trucks in Missouri

August 21st 19__Dan Robitzski__Filed Under: Advanced Transport
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Truck drivers worried about losing their jobs to robots staged a protest outside the Capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri on Tuesday.

Their goal was to convince the government to pass a bill that would prohibit any self-driving trucks from driving on Missouri roads, KRCG reports. While there are no autonomous trucks handling shipping jobs in the state yet, the truckers see the emerging technology as a grave threat to their job security and livelihoods — unrest that signals what can happen when jobs are automated without giving thought to the displaced workers.

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The drivers have the support of Representative Mike Moon, who KRCG reports is working on a bill that would keep the autonomous trucks out of Missouri. Moon argues that not only would self-driving trucks put undue strain on people’s jobs, but also shared concerns over the safety of self-driving vehicles.

“This is my job,” truck driver and protest organizer Billy Bogar told KRCG. “I mean, once these things come in, I’m done; I’m out. Most of these people coming in today are literally a week out of being out of business.”

READ MORE: Truckers gather at Capitol to push for new bill prohibiting driverless trucks [KRCG]

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