The safety survey received suggestions for improvement. What do you think?

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Results of a survey published last week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to its Women of Trucking Advisory Board revealed that truck drivers – both men and women – are often subjected to harassing comments, unwanted touching and even threats of violence.

Survey respondents also said they had solutions to these problems.

  • Improve safety at existing trucking facilities:
  • Provide additional parking spaces:
  • Allowing the carrying of firearms in the trucking industry:
  • Improve communication within the trucking industry:
  • Provide personal safety training to truck drivers:
  • Develop educational materials to increase awareness:

At the bottom of this article, you can tell us which of these suggestions is the most important way to improve truck driver safety.

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Improve safety at existing trucking facilities

Providing adequate lighting and security features at existing truck parks, gas stations and truck stops should be the priority. This also applies to shipper and receiver berthing areas. Providing safe, well-lit sidewalks between parking lots and fueling islands to the store or checkout would deter attackers. The location of restrooms should be closer to parking lot entrances than to isolated areas. The presence of a security patrol and local law enforcement will also improve security.

Provide additional parking spaces

The majority of survey participants mentioned that there is a shortage of truck parking lots in the industry. They suggested that many of the crimes committed against truckers are a direct result of the limited availability of parking, especially in urban areas. In some cases, truckers have resorted to parking their trucks on freeway ramps and abandoned lots, putting them at increased risk of accidents and crime. More parking provides more options for trucker safety. Therefore, either existing facilities must be expanded or new facilities must be built.

Allowing the Carrying of Firearms in the Trucking Industry

Many respondents mentioned that they would feel safer if they were allowed to carry some type of firearm. However, many trucking company policies do not allow truckers to carry firearms in their trucks. Additionally, many shippers and receivers prohibit firearms on their property. Although company policy does not prohibit the carrying of firearms, state laws on carrying firearms vary widely. Many truckers have proposed regulations prohibiting carriers from banning their drivers and employees from transporting legally owned firearms and shippers and receivers from prohibiting firearms from their properties. Some have also suggested nationwide concealed carry reciprocity for truckers. Note: Regulations pertaining to the carrying of firearms are outside the jurisdiction of the FMCSA regulatory authority.

Improve communication within the trucking industry

Truckers, trucking companies, dispatchers and customers need to communicate to choose a travel plan that is as efficient and safe as possible. For example, delays and scheduling conflicts at shippers and receivers force truckers to park in dangerous places.

Provide personal safety training to truck drivers

Most of the training offered to truckers focuses on safe driving and cargo security. However, training on how truckers can maintain their personal safety is lacking. A large proportion of respondents indicated that they had never received training in personal safety and protection. Therefore, truck drivers could benefit from personal safety, protection and protection programs, as well as self-defense programs. Many respondents asked employers to encourage their drivers to attend such training and to schedule it on a regular basis, for example, once a year or every two years.

Develop educational materials to increase awareness

FMCSA can use the results of this study to develop programs that promote diversity and inclusion. Educational material that promotes trucker safety is needed. Materials should address topics such as how to recognize, prevent, respond to and report crime. Educational materials can also be directed at trucking companies, encouraging them to have a clear, zero-tolerance policy against harassment. Additionally, procedures are needed to ensure that every complaint is taken seriously and investigated if necessary. This is particularly important because several survey respondents mentioned that they did not think it would make a difference if they reported an incident of harassment or if nothing happened after reporting it.

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