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May 21, 2017

DRIVERS' SHORTAGE * USA: Women truckers growing slowly

* New Jersey - More female drayage drivers not enough to reverse driver shortage

--- The opening of the first bathroom solely for female truck drivers in one of the busiest terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey this month has highlighted the growing numbers of women drivers in drayage, which could prove vital to ameliorating the driver shortages plaguing the industry... Although growing in number, women are still a tiny portion of those behind the wheels of the 9,300 trucks registered to go in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey... However, the number of female truck drivers is growing slowly, even as numerous drayage companies across the Port of New York and New Jersey... The American Trucking Associations last year said the trucking industry as a whole is short about 48,000 drivers, adding that the figure could quadruple in the next decade, and has warned shippers that tightening capacity could bring higher rates. Figures for drayage drivers alone are not available, but the U.S. Department of Labor said women accounted for about 5 percent of all truck drivers in 2015, or 177,000 female driverss... 
(Photo: Martha Andrade, an owner-operator in the Port of New York and New Jersey for BBT Logistics Inc., in Newark, inserts power cables as she hooks her truck up to a trailer)  --  Newark, NJ, USA - JOC, by Hugh R. Morley - Jul 28, 2016

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