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Truck driver jobs at center of House hearing on automation

September 13, 2023

Losing jobs to technology is a big concern across many industries, and the issue was in the spotlight on Capitol Hill on Wednesday at a hearing on the future of autonomous trucking.

Speaking on behalf of the industry’s largest companies, the American Trucking Associations’ Chris Spear attempted to quell those fears by asserting that automation is needed to bring more drivers into the industry — not push them out.

“If we didn’t have a shortage [of drivers], we would be having a discussion about people losing their jobs,” Spear told members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s subcommittee on highways and transit. “That is not the case here. I can assure you, [job] displacement is a myth.”

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