The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Women of Trucking Advisory Board will hold a virtual meeting on Nov. 9 to discuss the establishment of the board and the results of a study on crime in trucking.
The board will discuss the results of a report by FMCSA’s Office of Research on the safety of women and other commercial motor vehicle drivers while on the road.
The study, entitled “Crime Prevention For Truckers,” collected data on the prevalence of crimes involving threats and assaults against minority and female truckers.
The report also includes survey of a sample of the truck driver population, gathering data on how many female/minority drivers have been threatened or assaulted; the nature of the offenses; times and locations of the incidents; and characteristics of both the perpetrators and the victims.
WOTAB was created under the Federal Advisory Committee Act in accordance with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which required FMCSA to establish WOTAB. WOTAB is tasked with reviewing and reporting on policies that provide education, training, mentorship, and outreach to women in the trucking industry. The board will also identify barriers and industry trends that directly or indirectly discourage women from pursuing and retaining careers in trucking.