b'Female truckers take the wheel in response to driver shortage by Angelica StabileThe trucking industry is experiencing aDriving trucks, Meyers said, has given her a shortage of drivers and specifically looking forcareer and a trade that can be taken with her women to fill those positions. anywhere.In 2018, the industry was short 60,800 drivers and is expected to expand to moreThe number of women in truck driving is than 160,000 in the next decadedemandingslowly increasing. Meyers said, as a driving 1.1 million new hires. instructor, shes noticed an increase of women FOX Business Tracee Carrasco learnedin her classroom.more about the industry in a visit to York,Im seeing quite a few females come Pennsylvaniahome of Shelly Truck Drivingthrough, she said. The average [we see] is School. normally 10 percent per yearand I think its Carrasco took a ride with driver andgreat. I think its incredible.instructor Liz Meyers, who is part of the sixIn November, Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry percent of women driving trucks in America. Moran and Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Meyers said she was waitressing when aBaldwin introduced a bill to create a Women in customer suggested she get her CommercialTrucking Advisory Board.Drivers License (CDL)a suggestion thatThe board intends to focus on addressing changed her life. why fewer women are joining the trucking Its a good career to be in, and I canindustry and ways to expand opportunities.support my son, the customer said, according to Meyers. FOX Business Brittany De Lea contributed to this story.He basically saved my life that day, she said.42 TRUCK MARKET NEWS Find it Fast!www.truckmarketnews.com FEBRUARY 2020 FEBRUARY 2020 Dont forget to tell em where you found it! TRUCK MARKET NEWS 43'