MIAMI, Fla. – Ryder System announced today that it will offer a female-friendly vehicle package for lease.
This offer is the first of its kind in the industry, and includes 15 unique specifications to better meet the needs of female drivers. It will also help many male drivers in the industry.
Options and features of the truck include adjusted height and placement on grab handles, hood lift/closure assistance and automatic landing gear operators for trailers.
“Ryder is one of the largest purchasers of heavy duty trucks in North America and has a great deal of visibility into the needs of the professional truck driver,” said Steve Schmotzer, region fleet manager, Paccar. “There really is no one in a more suitable position to provide feedback on this issue to manufacturers than Ryder. We are proud to support this initiative, which is critical to addressing a pressing industry need.”
Ryder believes that women may be the solution to the driver shortage which is expected to reach 239,000 by 2022. Currently, in the US, less than 5% of driver drivers are women.
“This custom truck package is not only more ergonomically friendly to women, but will also benefit other drivers with the same types of needs,” said Scott Perry, vice-president of supply management and global fuel products, Ryder. “Our intent is to not only help attract more women to the industry, but also to make the vehicles easier and safer for a broader range of drivers to operate. As an industry leader, we feel a responsibility to leverage our influence and find creative ways to deal with the professional truck driver shortage.”
Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women in Trucking, who helped Ryder with the project, said: “Addressing driver comfort and truck cab design to accommodate the typically smaller stature of women is one of the issues where Women In Trucking Association is prompting changes. We are so pleased to see Ryder’s efforts in moving these ergonomic challenges into the forefront of the manufacturers’ design changes.”
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