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Introduced in Senate (11/14/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2858


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.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 14, 2019

Mr. Moran (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.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

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

SEC. 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.

SEC. 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.

SEC. 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.

SEC. 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).


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