PLOVER, Wis. – A survey of 426 female truck drivers conducted by the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) showed that more than 60% reported feeling unsafe at least once in the past year, with 20% reporting they had been threatened by a weapon.
The survey also showed that 4% of women drivers said they had been raped, and 46% reported that they had an unwanted physical advance made toward them.
WIT president and CEO Ellen Voie shared the survey’s findings at a recent White House Roundtable discussion on trucking industry issues.
“We need to create a safer environment if we want to bring more women into this industry,” Voie said. “Our research has shown that women rate their level of safety as a female driver at 4.4 on a scale of 10. This is unacceptable, as we should all feel safe in our work environment.”
The session also included an announcement to kick off a 90-day challenge to accelerate the expansion of registered apprenticeships. In addition, a task force to attract more women into the industry will also be launched, along with a task force to investigate predatory truck leasing arrangements.
The session was hosted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh and White House Economic Council Director Brian Deese.
Voie was one of 17 invited attendees. There were 10 carrier representatives who shared their efforts to attract a more diverse driver force, including veterans, younger drivers, more racially diverse drivers and women, according to a WIT news release.
The Department of Labor and Department of Transportation will be holding listening sessions with professional drivers, industry and labor leaders and advocates in the next 30 days.
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