The March Women's History Month is taking place in the United States. During this period, the re-introduction of the Law took place, which provides for the creation of an advisory council. It will identify, communicate and consider ways to increase the number of women in the trucking industry. Let's take a closer look at what this Law is.
This Law was first introduced in November 2019 and took the lead. It was developed in direct partnership with the Women in Trucking Association. The purpose of the Law is to create an advisory committee to identify, report and consider ways to improve women's ranking in the trucking industry.
WIT, founded in 2007, notes that this Law meets many of the Association's goals but is also an essential task in the coming years. Indeed, even though women's role in the industry has significantly increased, but there are still problems that make women refuse to work as commercial drivers. According to Ellen Voie, the new committee's primary goal is to find these problems and solve them. Thus, it will be possible to create a more diversified industry.
Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas agreed on the need to address women's inequality at the federal level. On February 26, he again introduced the 2019 bill.
The US Congress noted that women make up 47% of America's total workforce. However, only 24% of women work in the transport sector, 6.6% are truckers, 12.5% are all freight transport workers, and 8% are freight company owners. It should be noted that female drivers are much less likely to get into road accidents than men.
To increase the number of female drivers, the FMCSA will create an advisory board. It will address existing problems and provide training, mentoring, and advocacy for women who work in the trucking industry. This advice should determine what directly and indirectly repels women from the field of trucking, what risks women drivers face. The Council must submit a report on the work carried out no later than 18 months after the Law will enter into force. This Law will help create more favorable conditions for women working in the field of cargo transportation.
By the way, we want to inform you that on March 22, WIT will present a rating of the best women in trucking.