FMCSA Seeks to Conduct “Crime Prevention” Study for Minority and Female Truckers
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) once again says it intends to conduct a “Crime Prevention for Truckers” study to assess harassment and assaults against minority and female truckers.
In a new Information Collection Request (ICR), the FMCSA once again announced it’s intention to survey 880 truckers (maximum of 440 males and 440 females) to better understand “the prevalence, seriousness, and nature of the problem of harassment and assaults against minority and female truckers.”
The Agency is calling the study “Crime Prevention for Truckers.”
In July of last year, the FMCSA issued a similar ICR, but only received three comments during the 60-day public comment period, according to the docket.
The Agency says it is seeking approval from the Trump Administration to commence the study.
How Will Results Be Used?
According to the ICR, the Agency says that if study findings indicate a significant problem that merits action, FMCSA may consider developing training or outreach materials to help truckers protect themselves from crime or harassment.
“By understanding the nature and prevalence of crimes against truckers, FMCSA will be able to formulate and promote programs to address the problem,” the ICR states. “The report may be useful to law enforcement personnel, motor carriers, truck drivers, operators of private truck stops, and others interested in addressing the situation.”
Further, the Agency believes such training or outreach materials “could help foster motor carriers’ employee retention efforts and help make the truck driving profession more attractive to a greater range of people.”
How Will The Study Be Conducted?
The survey of professional truck drivers will be limited to female and minority male drivers.
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.
The survey will be anonymous, FMCSA says.
Approximately 160 in person interviews will be completed, 80 females and 80 minority males.
The balance will take the survey electronically.
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The FMCSA says a $25 incentive will be given to eligible respondents to the in-person interview or the online survey.
For respondents to be eligible and to receive the incentive, they must report that they are a female or a minority male who has driven a truck professionally in the past 2 years and complete the survey — at least through the initial questions of what events, if any, they have experienced.
The FMCSA says that once the study is completed, interested stakeholders and the general public will able to view the report on the Agency’s website.
FMCSA Seeks Public Comment
You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) whether the proposed collection is necessary for the FMCSA to perform its functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the FMCSA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information.
You will have 30 days from Friday, February 28, 2020, to make your comment.
To do so, click HERE.