News roundup, Feb. 28: FMCSA looks for feedback on study of crime against female, minority truckers

Updated Mar 2, 2020

Trucking news and briefs for Friday, Feb. 28, 2020:

FMCSA seeks approval for plan to study harassment, assaults against female, minority truckers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving forward with its plan to study the prevalence of harassment and assaults against minority and female truck drivers.

The agency is once again submitting an information collection request (ICR) to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for approval to conduct the study titled “Crime Prevention for Truckers.” FMCSA submitted a similar request to OMB last July.

The agency 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.”

In its proposed study, a maximum of 440 female truckers and 440 male minority truckers will be included in the information collection through a combination of in-person interviews and an online survey. To be eligible to participate, drivers must report that they are a female or a minority male who has driven a truck professionally in the past two years. A $25 incentive will be given to eligible respondents who complete the in-person interview or online survey.

If the study finds a significant problem, FMCSA will consider developing training or outreach materials to help truckers protect themselves from crime or harassment.

FMCSA and OMB are requesting public comment on the proposed survey, which can be made here through March 30.

A new Love’s is now open along U.S. Highway 23 in Milan, Michigan.A new Love’s is now open along U.S. Highway 23 in Milan, Michigan.

93 truck parking spaces added at new Michigan Love’s
A new Love’s Travel Stop in Milan, Michigan, along U.S. Highway 23 south of Ann Arbor, adds 93 truck parking spaces to the region.

The new truck stop also offers a Hardee’s restaurant, nine diesel bays, laundry facilities, an on-site Speedco and more.

The store is the company’s seventh in Michigan.

CoyoteGo digital freight platform adds new quote, ship tools
The digital freight marketplace of Coyote Logistics, CoyoteGo, received an update recently that makes it easier for shippers to find carriers to haul their freight.

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New quote and ship tools on the platform allows shippers to find available carriers from desktop and mobile devices on-demand.