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Bus drivers voice concerns as lawmakers push for driverless technology

In Wednesday's meeting, lawmakers said they are trying to figure out which laws and regulations need to be changed to accommodate the new technology. (WSYX/WTTE)

Dozens of COTA bus drivers protested at the statehouse Wednesday as state lawmakers met to discuss the future of driverless transportation in Ohio.

Drivers want to know what lawmakers will do to protect their jobs. Governor Kasich has voiced his enthusiasm for self driving technology.

Kasich wants the technology to be developed in Ohio, but critics have pointed out that there are thousands of people who drive for a living. They're concerned their jobs could be at risk.

Andrew Jordan from Local 208 Union voiced his concern at the House Transportation Committee Hearing.

"We're not talking about nameless or faceless workers losing their jobs. They are the familiar faces we are doing our daily commutes with, our rides to the grocery stores and they're your constituents," said Jordan.

In the meeting, lawmakers said they are trying to figure out which laws and regulations need to be changed to accommodate the new technology.

People testifying said there is still a need for drivers for the foreseeable future, but bus drivers want more assurances.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this developing story.

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