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Women of Trucking Advisory Board

By Brandon Scott - Staff Writer
Posted May 16th 2022 8:00AM

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the launch of the Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB), in an increased effort to recruit, support, and ensure the safety of women commercial motor vehicle drivers and the trucking industry. 

WOTAB and its Purpose

The launch of the advisory board, in March, was mandated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and is part of the Biden-Harris Trucking Action Plan. The overall aim is to improve job quality and recruit more women into the profession of commercial truck driving.

The FMCSA says the Women of Trucking Advisory Board will coordinate with trucking companies, nonprofit organizations, and trucking associations to support women in trucking. The women’s board will also provide recommendations to the FMCSA administrator and the Secretary of Transportation.

The goal is also to address many other areas, as well. This includes the evaluation of barriers and trends that impact women in trucking across the country, as well as ways to support women who are pursuing careers in the trucking field. Identifying opportunities to expand roles for women, increasing the number of women in the trucking industry overall, is also a key target point. And finally, advising on and reviewing policies that provide education, training, mentorship, or outreach to women in the commercial truck driving profession.

The Advisory Board

The Women of Trucking Advisory Board will include a minimum of eight members equipped with diverse backgrounds, experience, and certifications to provide a multitude of balanced points of view. This group of women will include those representing small, mid-sized, and large trucking companies, and nonprofit organizations within the trucking industry.

Trucking business associations, independent owner-operators and fleet owners, plus professional truck drivers and an institution of higher education or trucking trade schools will also be represented.

Members of the board will serve without pay and will be chosen from a field of qualified candidates for a maximum two-year term.

For more information visit the Women of Trucking Advisory Board webpage HERE.

The Women of Trucking Advisory Board charter will run through February 11, 2024. It’s your time to shine, ladies!