Senators Propose Legislation To Promote Women In The Trucking Industry

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PackRat's Comment
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Where is the push for more male kindergarten teachers , receptionists, nurses , clerical workers , home health services?🙄

That would probably be seen as sexist. If it makes no sense, that's the left's agenda.

Anastasia B.'s Comment
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I read about it last week, and spoke to my mentor about it. As a 48 year old woman who recently earned my CDL through a company sponsored program, let me give my two cents.

With the companies I contacted, there was absolutely no hindrance about me driving a rig with them. In fact, they were all encouraging. There are no barriers. I believe that the trucking lifestyle is not attractive to most women, meaning that most women do not want to drive a truck.

Most want a family, attend social events, and such. With that being said, I decided that trucking would be a worthwhile career, because I don’t have family obligations, no significant other, and I don’t have a mortgage or rent.

The barriers are not set by the companies, but the choice of lifestyle a “typical” woman desires. There is nothing the government can do to promote more women in the trucking industry. After all, once I get my own truck, I’ll get the same cpm as my male counterparts, and my pay will depend on how hard I run once I get my feet wet, the weather, and staying out of the Bronx!


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Its the kids. Women entering trucking is up 19% since covid. Ages 40+

I said it a year ago when they first introduced the bill and board. Its the kids. Women arent so stupid they dont know they can be truckers.

It is probably also the long hours and the OTR lifestyle that would hurt. Women who got local even with teenagers dont want to be gone 12 to 14 hour days.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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