New Bill Encourages Women to Work as Truck Drivers

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The trucking industry has traditionally been considered a man’s job. A new bill is setting course to change that. Here’s what you need to know about the “Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce Act”. 

Who is Behind the Effort?

Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas and Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin introduced this bipartisan bill on November 14, 2019.

Why it Matters

With record shortages of truck drivers and growing transportation demands, it is important to investigate ways to recruit new drivers. 

  • Increase revenues to states by dependably transporting their goods across the country.
  • Increase equality for women already in the industry.

“In Wisconsin, we make things, and we need to ensure we have a strong workforce to transport our goods to market” – Senator Baldwin

What Will the Bill Accomplish?

The first step will be for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to establish a “Women of Trucking Advisory Board”. This board will be tasked with investigating industry trends that may discourage women from pursuing a career in trucking. The board will also explore ways trucking companies can expand opportunities for women in trucking.

With trucks moving roughly 71% of the nation’s freight by weight, and a gross revenue of nearly 8 billion dollars, this is a critical backbone industry to our nation. Today there are approximately 3.5 million truck drivers of which less than 7% are women. It is logical that the employment pool be broadened and more easily accessible for women to join this industry.

Senator Moran said, “Because women are substantially underrepresented in the trucking industry, Congress should explore every opportunity to encourage and support the pursuit of careers in trucking by women. I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan and sensible bill with Senator Baldwin that will lead to new job opportunities for women and increase equality for women already in the trucking industry.”

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