The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is searching for women to make up its newly-created Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB).
According to an FMCSA news release, the board’s goal is “to recruit, support and ensure the safety of women commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and the trucking industry at large.”
The board’s creation is mandated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and part of the Biden-Harris Trucking Action Plan, which, according to the administration, “aims to improve job quality and recruit more people to the truck driving profession.”
“WOTAB will coordinate with trucking companies, nonprofit organizations and trucking associations to support women in trucking,” the FMCSA news release stated.
The board will provide recommendations to the administrator of FMCSA and the transportation secretary, as well as tackle many areas, including:
Evaluating barriers and trends that impact women in trucking across the country and ways to support women pursuing careers in trucking;
Identifying opportunities to expand roles for women and increase the number of women in the trucking industry;
Advising on policies that provide education, training, mentorship, or outreach to women in the trucking industry; and
Reviewing opportunities to enhance safety, training, mentorship, and education for women in the trucking industry.
The board will include a minimum of eight members with diverse backgrounds, experience and certifications to provide balanced points of view.