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Research paper on women drivers and truck cab design presented at Paris conference

“This research is significant due to limited data sources about truck design needs for women drivers,” stated the WIT release.

The Trucker News Services

4/25/2014

PLOVER, Wis. —  Women In Trucking’s President and CEO, Ellen Voie, along with Dr. Jeannette Kersten of University of Wisconsin-Stout, presented their research on female drivers and truck cab design at a transportation conference in Paris.

Their paper titled “Truck Cab Design: Perceptions of Women Truck Drivers was presented at the Women’s Issues in Transportation (WIiT) Conference in Paris.  The trip was sponsored by Ryder System, Inc., which has partnered with the association to implement design changes in its fleet.

More than 3,000 attendees from the transportation industry in both the U.S. and internationally, participated in a wide range of conference activities and venues related to the issues women face when encountering with transportation systems both at the employment and end-user levels, stated a WIT news release. 

The conference paper resulted in several inquiries from representatives in the transportation industry in Europe in regard to ongoing partnership and research.

“Today’s trucks are not designed with women in mind,” Kersten said. “Given the driver shortage and the changing demographics that the trucking industry faces, it’s important for manufacturers to make trucks more female-friendly through moderate design changes for seats, pedals and gauges, for example.”

“It’s important for manufacturers to take women’s needs into consideration when designing and specifying new vehicles, and we are encouraging all of our major suppliers to do so,” said Scott Perry, Ryder Vice President for Supply Management. “We are pleased to support this initiative by promoting changes to vehicle specifications in our own fleet, as well as by sponsoring the travel to Paris to present the research at the WIiT conference,” Perry added.

The findings of the study focused on eliciting the perceptions of women truck drivers regarding the design and equipment needs and recommendations for Class 8 trucks.

“This research is significant due to limited data sources about truck design needs for women drivers,” stated the WIT release.

WIT was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.

Membership is not limited to women, as 16 percent of its members are men who support the mission.

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