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S. 2858 (116th): Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce Act


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 14, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2858

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 14, 2019

(for himself and Ms. Baldwin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To require the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to establish an advisory board focused on creating opportunities for women in the trucking industry, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Promoting Women in Trucking Workforce Act.

2.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

women make up 47 percent of the workforce of the United States;

(2)

women are significantly underrepresented in the trucking industry, holding only 24 percent of all transportation and warehousing jobs and representing only—

(A)

6.6 percent of truck drivers;

(B)

12.5 percent of all workers in truck transportation; and

(C)

8 percent of freight firm owners;

(3)

given the total number of women truck drivers, women are underrepresented in the truck-driving workforce; and

(4)

women truck drivers have been shown to be 20 percent less likely than male counterparts to be involved in a crash.

3.

Sense of Congress regarding women in trucking

It is the sense of Congress that the trucking industry should explore every opportunity, including driver training and mentorship programs, to encourage and support the pursuit of careers in trucking by women.

4.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Administrator

The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

(2)

Board

The term Board means the Women of Trucking Advisory Board established under section 5(a).

(3)

Large trucking company

The term large trucking company means a motor carrier (as defined in section 13102 of title 49, United States Code) with an annual revenue greater than $1,000,000,000.

(4)

Mid-sized trucking company

The term mid-sized trucking company means a motor carrier (as defined in section 13102 of title 49, United States Code) with an annual revenue of not less than $35,000,000 and not greater than $1,000,000,000.

(5)

Small trucking company

The term small trucking company means a motor carrier (as defined in section 13102 of title 49, United States Code) with an annual revenue less than $35,000,000.

5.

Women of Trucking Advisory Board

(a)

Establishment

To encourage women to enter the field of trucking, the Administrator shall establish and facilitate an advisory board, to be known as the Women of Trucking Advisory Board, to promote organizations and programs that—

(1)

provide education, training, mentorship, or outreach to women in the trucking industry; and

(2)

recruit women into the trucking industry.

(b)

Membership

(1)

In general

The Board shall be composed of not fewer than 7 members whose backgrounds allow those members to contribute balanced points of view and diverse ideas regarding the strategies and objectives described in subsection (c)(2).

(2)

Appointment

Not later than 270 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall appoint the members of the Board, of whom—

(A)

not fewer than one shall be a representative of large trucking companies;

(B)

not fewer than one shall be a representative of mid-sized trucking companies;

(C)

not fewer than one shall be a representative of small trucking companies;

(D)

not fewer than one shall be a representative of nonprofit organizations in the trucking industry;

(E)

not fewer than one shall be a representative of trucking business associations;

(F)

not fewer than one shall be a representative of independent owner-operators; and

(G)

not fewer than one shall be a woman who is a professional truck driver.

(3)

Terms

Each member shall be appointed for the life of the Board.

(4)

Compensation

A member of the Board shall serve without compensation.

(c)

Duties

(1)

In general

The Board shall identify—

(A)

industry trends that directly or indirectly discourage women from pursuing careers in trucking, including—

(i)

any differences between women minority groups;

(ii)

any differences between women who live in rural, suburban, and urban areas; and

(iii)

any safety risks unique to the trucking industry;

(B)

ways in which the functions of trucking companies, nonprofit organizations, and trucking associations may be coordinated to facilitate support for women pursuing careers in trucking;

(C)

opportunities to expand existing opportunities for women in the trucking industry; and

(D)

opportunities to enhance trucking training, mentorship, education, and outreach programs that are exclusive to women.

(2)

Report

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Board shall submit to the Administrator a report describing strategies that the Administrator may adopt—

(A)

to address any industry trends identified under paragraph (1)(A);

(B)

to coordinate the functions of trucking companies, nonprofit organizations, and trucking associations in a manner that facilitates support for women pursuing careers in trucking;

(C)
(i)

to take advantage of any opportunities identified under paragraph (1)(C); and

(ii)

to create new opportunities to expand existing scholarship opportunities for women in the trucking industry; and

(D)

to enhance trucking training, men­tor­ship, education, and outreach programs that are exclusive to women.

(d)

Report to Congress

(1)

In general

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report describing—

(A)

any strategies recommended by the Board under subsection (c)(2); and

(B)

any actions taken by the Administrator to adopt the strategies recommended by the Board (or an explanation of the reasons for not adopting the strategies).

(2)

Public availability

The Administrator shall make the report under paragraph (1) publicly available—

(A)

on the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and

(B)

in appropriate offices of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

(e)

Termination

The Board shall terminate on submission of the report to Congress under subsection (d).