FMCSA To Study “Prevalence” Of Crimes Against Minority And Female Truckers
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is planning a study to understand the prevalence, seriousness, and nature of the problem of harassment and assaults against minority and female truckers.
An Information Collection Request (ICR) titled “Crime Prevention for Truckers” is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 23.
The FMCSA says it has accumulated evidence, both documentary and anecdotal, for a serious pattern of harassment- and assault-related crimes against female and minority male truckers.
The agency is seeking to study the issue in order to determine if it should provide materials or training to truckers, including minority and female truckers, on how to protect themselves from being stalked, harassed, assaulted, or robbed.
However, in order to make such a determination, FMCSA says it must “understand the prevalence, seriousness, and nature of the problem of harassment and assaults against truckers.”
Further, FMCSA says helping truckers better understand and combat such threats could serve to stem driver turnover and the “critical shortage of truckers.”
The agency has contracted a company to administer a survey (estimated to require 8 to 20 minutes to complete) that can be completed either online or in-person.
The survey of professional truck drivers will be limited to female and minority male drivers.
Additionally, the survey will ask whether the drivers have experienced race- or gender-related harassment or crimes on the job.
If the driver has had such an experience, the survey will ask follow-up questions on where and when the incidents occurred, any information the respondent knows about the perpetrator, and whether the respondent reported the incident.
Further, the survey will be anonymous and FMCSA says none of the questions ask for information that could personally identify the respondent or any perpetrators involved.
A maximum of 440 males and 440 females will be included in the information collection.
In order to qualify a driver must report that they are a female or a minority male who has driven a truck professionally in the past 2 years.
Each respondent will be compensated $25 for their time and willingness to participate.
FMCSA says if study findings indicate a “significant problem that merits action,” the agency may then consider developing training or outreach materials to help truckers protect themselves from crime or harassment.
The comment period on this ICR will be 60 days from the date of publication.
When commenting refer to Docket Number FMCSA-2018-0278.
To read the entire ICR, click HERE.
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