Did you know there was a Women in Trucking Association? Click on that link to view pictures from the most recent Women in Trucking Conference at the Dallas, TX, Sheraton Hotel.
Ellen Voie is the organization's founder, CEO and president that encompasses all facets of women in transportation-related activities, companies and corporations. It has an active membership of 6K in ten countries.
Participants could network with other women in trucking-related industries at 25 booths sponsored by FedEx, Amazon, Walmart and more. A FedEx Freight driver, Nikki Weaver, was named “Driver of the Year (DOY) for 2021.”
The Association motto is “Safe Strong Independent: You Can Do It!” They have a big rig with the motto emblazoned on the trailer that will tour the country to promote careers for women in trucking.
Although nearly half of the companies involved with transportation have a diversity and equity inclusion (DEI) policy, only 14 percent of the roles in the trucking industry are currently filled by women, and only 33 percent of the Executive (C-Suite) slots in publicly traded motor carriers are filled by women, many more are needed, particularly behind the wheel.
“The traditional board of director role is really having those individuals focus on organization’s culture, strategy and financial performance. So, that cultural piece, I think it’s really important in term of the influence that women can have on boards.” ― Brian Everett, WIT Strategy Advisor.
The Most Significant Hurdle for Success as a CMV Driver Is Traffic Tickets
Taking shortcuts, like speeding or ignoring the procedures at railroad crossings, almost always lead to problems when commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders are on the road.
The mentality that “I can do it this one time to make the deadline,” is an occupational hazard that can have severe consequences. Excessive speeding, following too closely, unsafe lane changes, cell phone use while driving, and others can lead to a 60-day driver’s disqualification upon a second conviction.
That’s right, illegal cell phone use in CA is no longer a “slap on the wrist” fine of $160 or $250 for a subsequent conviction or paid fine. As of 1 July 2021, with the enactment of AB-47, Distracted Driving, the second conviction in CA will lead to the DMV assessing a 1.5 negligent operator treatment system (NOTS) point on your CA motor vehicle driving record (MVR), which is nearly halfway to a six-month driver’s license suspension.
That’s right, illegal cell phone use in CA is no longer a “slap on the wrist” fine of $160 or $250 for a subsequent conviction or paid fine. As of 1 July 2021, a second conviction in CA will lead to the DMV assessing 1.5 negligent operator treatment system (NOTS) points on your CA motor vehicle driving record (MVR), which is nearly halfway to a six-month driver’s license suspension.
However, it will put you dead center of a DOT FMCSA audit of your Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP) record to determine if a 60-day driver’s disqualification is warranted. A third will result in a 120-day disqualification.
A second conviction of a DOT FMCSA “serious offense” within three years of the first could lead to a 60-day unpaid vacation from driving. Nobody wants that. The best method to avoid a second conviction is never getting a first. Although there are no guarantees, hiring a traffic attorney to dispute every traffic ticket is the best approach.
Call Bigger & Harman to Resolve Your Traffic Tickets in Roseville in Placer County, CA
Call Bigger & Harman (661) 349-9300 for help resolving traffic tickets in Placer County Traffic Court in Roseville, CA.
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The DMV Portal CA Commercial Driver Handbook Copyright 2022.
CVC Section 12810.5, Issuance and Renewal of Licenses.
The Trucking Info article, WIT: Women Make Up Less Than Half of Most Roles in Trucking.
The FMCSA CFR 49 Part 383.51, Driver Disqualifications