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ATRI seeks to identify female truckers’ challenges

Jan. 5, 2024
Transportation research organization to use responses to newly launched survey to explore barriers to entry, other challenges women face as professional drivers

The American Transportation Research Institute seeks to identify what both male and female truck drivers believe are the barriers to entry for females in their field through a newly launched survey. The research also will capture other challenges truckers face during training, on the road, and at parking facilities, ATRI said.

Responses to the survey will be used to identify and contrast the challenges female drivers face.

ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee identified this research as a top priority for addressing workforce shortages, safety concerns for women drivers, and identifying steps the industry can take to increase the percentage of women drivers.

In the survey, drivers are asked to provide their perspectives and experiences:

  • when considering a career as a truck driver;
  • while obtaining their CDL;
  • regarding challenges encountered as a truck driver; and
  • for those who no longer drive a truck, why they left the industry.  

“Once again, ATRI is providing truck drivers the opportunity to provide input on critical research that will ultimately make our workplace better," said Rhonda Hartman, a truck driver for Old Dominion Freight Line and an America’s Road Team Captain. "I strongly encourage my fellow drivers to take a few minutes to complete ATRI’s survey and make our collective voice heard.”

Truck drivers can complete the confidential survey online at ATRI's website. This survey will remain open until Feb. 2, 2024.

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