The TTSAO has partnered with the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada and Cupid’s Sting to create a crucially important video for Truck Drivers. This video teaches strategies that will help keep truck drivers safer by learning to recognize situations that would put them in harms way. Such an important and relevant topic in our industry.
According to Krystyna Shchedrina in a trucknews.com article, Female truck drivers, and their male counterparts who identify as visible minorities, are the most likely truckers to face assaults on the job, research by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has found. And they aren’t the only ones at risk.
“Threats of harm and actual physical harm are the most common types of crime committed against women and minority truckers; however, they are experienced differently among the two groups,” researchers noted after an online survey of 653 truckers, leading to the Crime Prevention for Truckers report.
Female drivers were more exposed to crimes of sexual nature. One third of women responded they’ve been touched inappropriately at least once during the last two years on a job. They were two to four times more likely to be touched without consent, compared to non-minority male colleagues. Women drivers are also more likely to be pushed, hit or physically hurt. While 15% of female respondents indicated this experience in the survey, 13% of non-minority men and 7% of minority men have also reported such assaults.
Attendees to the TTSAO 2024 Annual conference in February can contribute to this video by bidding on items in our silent auctions. Proceeds will help go to covering the costs of creating the video.
This video will be available to all TTSAO members through our website.
About the TTSAO
The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is committed to providing the trucking industry with the highest quality driver training programs for entry-level individuals. This enhanced training earns and maintains public confidence by adhering to sound and ethical business practices. Through their daily actions, TTSAO members continually promote safety within the commercial trucking industry. For more information please visit https://ttsao.com/
About the WTFC
The Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada is a network of women created for women to empower, expand and retain employment of — and shift attitudes about — women in the industry and beyond. This includes supporting the industry with issues around training, safety, career progression, education, mentoring and more. Established in 2015, WTFC has a significant, and loyal membership and following of women and men in the industry — from drivers to carrier executives. For more information please visit https://www.womenstruckingfederationofcanada.net/
About Cupids Sting
Cupid’s Sting was started by Criminologist Dr. Laurie Samuel in 2015 after seeing an escalation in violence against women, often at the hands of a significant other. Gruesome stories of women being set on fire by their husbands or boyfriends shooting the mother of their children was too much to take and she could no longer stand by. She started Cupid’s Sting as a proactive measure and provides workshops on dating abuse, interpersonal violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, street harassment, and facilitates women’s self-defense classes. For more information please visit https://www.cupidssting.org/