Missouri truck platooning bill awaits governor’s signature

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Trucking platooning may get underway in Missouri if Governor Jay Nixon signs a bill that state legislature passed this session.

State Representative Charlie Davis (R), the bill’s sponsor, said Teamsters had tried to undercut the bill by saying that it would replace drivers. However, he said drivers’ jobs are not at risk and that he supports platooning because of its effects on fuel efficiency, reports stlouis.cbslocal.com.

“The lead truck gets about eight percent higher fuel mileage. And the second truck behind it, it gets 10 percent increase,” Davis says. “So it increases the miles-per-gallon.”

Davis, who represents Webb City, says that if Nixon signs House Bill 17-33 into law it will only permit platoon testing by the Missouri Department of Transportation.