Bill Graves, American Trucking Assns. president & CEO, is optimistic about the future of trucking and predicts that the increased use of natural gas as truck fuel will bring major changes to the industry. However, the former two-term Kansas governor expressed concern over the apparent inability of Congress to agree on a transportation bill and the higher Interstate speed limits being posted in some states.

Speaking at the 14th Annual Pegasus TransTech User Conference in Clearwater Beach, FL, Wednesday, Graves said that the barriers to wide adoption of natural gas as a mainstream fuel are being addressed.

“This will change the landscape,” Graves said, adding that for the first time there will be serious competition between suppliers of diesel and of natural gas.