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TOPIC: Suspension of the July 2013 Hours of Service Changes
The Women Truckers Network Discusses "The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015" which was enacted on December 16, 2014, suspending enforcement of requirements for use of the 34-hour restart as it was defined in July 2013. The sudden change left many drivers confused about what components were included, AND left out of the "deal" made by the American Trucking Association (ATA) lobby group and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).
While overall, truck drivers are in favor of the mandates that were enacted in the 2013 restart, clarification to the people these federal regulations affect remained cloudy. Where did the number 82 come from? IS the 30 minute break part of this decision? What happens if you are stopped by the DOT and they have not been advised of the change?
The WTN shares 1st hand experiences with the restart and other observations on protecting yourself during the transition while awaiting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to publish the new rules. This podcast recording was created prior to the FMCSA posting a final rule. You can now locate them on the internet using this link: Summary of Hours of Service Regulations
PODCAST: This is a recording of our 2nd "Women Truckers Network" (WTN) phone conference held July 7, 2012. Our discussion covers using social media networks like You Tube to share information to prospective CDL students and launching our own "Women Truckers Network" You Tube Channel for the purpose of answering questions for women entering trucking. Since this conference we have embedded some of those videos in a new page of our blog called "Female CDL Students Frequently Asked Questions"
Equipment, Hygiene on the road, parking smart, personal safety concerns and issues for female students are the topics we cover in this discussion to help people who do not understand the complexities of the trucking lifestyle.
Listen in as experienced female truckers tell it like it is...living on the road...
Originally recorded 7/7/2012 , Topics covered in this women truckers network rountable discussion include, training expectations from the trainers point of view, personal safety advice, driver conduct and trucking lifestyle challenges that most trainees are not prepared for when they enter the industry.
Listen in as the REAL Women in Trucking talk about the challenges the face and despite the obstacles, how they love their job.
Would You Be A Trainer?
More often we hear of targeted recruitment of women to enter trucking despite the shortage of qualified trainers.
Why are there so few trainers willing to train women?
In this recorded conference the Women Truckers Network discuss issues that would prevent seasoned drivers from wanting to have a female student on their truck.
This is good information for women entering trucking to realize that part of the shortage of qualified drivers is due to their expectations and the realities of the trucking lifestyle.
Guest: Lynda Maschek
Dealing with life and body changes as a "Over the Road" trucker while contending with dictated federal regulations on sleep breaks makes it a challenge to get enough rest during designated rest periods.
These health tips for lady drivers who are going through Menopause help to educate us on taking better care of our health.
Guest: Shelley Uvanile - Hesch, Co-Founder of the Women's Trucking Federation of Canada
In our first international Women Truckers Network phone conference, Shelley gives us some insight on cross-border trucking. The difference in regulations, hours of service, truck parking, truck stops , training conditions , restrictions U.S. drivers should be aware of and the AUTHENTIC IMAGE of REAL Women Truckers in Canada.
Talk CDL Presents - Truckers & Turkey with Troy And Tyler!....Some drivers go home for Thanks Giving and some Volenteer to stay out on the road and then there are those drivers that dont get much of a choice. Their load might not get them home or the wheather or many other reasons why a driver just cant get home. So lets explote the possibilities!!!
Topic: Entry-Level Driver Training
It's hard to believe that there are no standards in truck driver training. The issue has gone largely ignored since 1993 when Congress advised the regulating agency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to complete a rulemaking policy.
In September 2014, the Teamsters began advocating litigation against the agency for their failure to take action.
An Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC) was selected that has raised questions from driver on whether this will be another "Dog and Pony" show.
In this program , REAL Women in Trucking Vice-President Sandi Talbott who has over 34 years of truck driving experience encourages other women truckers and trainees to submit letters to the ELDTAC docket.
This is a discussion about entry-level driver training (Truck Driver Training) by REAL Truck Drivers
Wellness Coach, Lynda Machek educates the Women Truckers Network on Diabetes, a medical condition that could end a truck driver's career in the past. Learning how to manage the condition is the focus of this WTN conference.
Joyce and Mike speak with Edward Grandi about Sleep. the importance of sleep.
Grandi, the former executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association, is a nationally and internationally invited speaker in the field of sleep medicine to patient and professional groups. He has been praised in particular for his work raising awareness of the importance of sleep among drivers in the transportation industry, and highlighting the particular importance of sleep for women.
Former Truck Driver turned Licensed Dietitian; Lynda Maschek provides guidance to Women Truckers on bladder issues. Truck driving requires long hours of sitting with limited opportunities to stop and use bathroom facilities. This can cause a number of health issues for truck drivers. Lynda educates the WTN group on how they may be depriving themselves of liquids and the consequences.
Showtime: 7:30 PM Eastern
Topic: I am not a Lot Lizard Media Campaign
Guest: Kylla Leeburg ~ TAT Social Media Coordinator
The work of Trucker's Against Trafficking continues with a new media campaign that aims to end the tolerance of a vicious remark and attitude that has grown to be acceptable among truck drivers. The remark serves to further dehumanize victims that may actually need your help.
TAT was formed to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking.
While TAT has made significant progress by changing the way truckers perceive sex trafficking , there remains the term that is widely used in the industry, many times by other women who are truck drivers or spouses to describe persons that frequent some truck parking areas selling sex services.
Join us to learn more about the TAT organization, their mission, their success stories, how you can recognize the signs of sex trafficking to report it and how you can help by changing the way you THINK and SPEAK on the topic.