Briefly: Washington DOT online service hit by 'cyber security incident'

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If your trucking duties take you through the state of Washington, be aware online travel information and commercial vehicle permits have been shut down.

The Washington Department of Transportation posted this to its Facebook account:

"Work continues to restore our website and app which experienced outages Tuesday caused by a cyber security incident that appeared aimed at interrupting the flow of travel-related information. There is no indication any other systems were affected.

"Traffic and mountain pass cameras have been restored on our app but not on the website. Our travel map, mobile app, ferry vessel watch & online freight permits remain out of service. Work to restore them while safeguarding the systems continues.

"The cause of the incident is under investigation. We know this disruption is frustrating, we rely on the same disrupted tools and systems in our own travels. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to get this issue resolved.

"We'll continue to update information on our social platforms. Ferry schedules are available on our app. Mountain pass conditions can be found on the National Weather Service site: https://weather.gov by searching for the pass you're wondering about.

"Commercial vehicle permits are available in handwritten form at 13 different locations across the state, visit the website for the updated list: https://wsdot.wa.gov/travel/commercial-vehicles. Please check the business hours and call the office prior to arrival.

FMCSA's women's advisory board meets Monday

The next meeting of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Women of Trucking Advisory Board is Monday at 10 a.m. 

The meeting is online and interested members of the public can register to watch.

The WOTAB was chartered by the Secretary of Transportation in 2022 to review and report on policies that provide education, training, mentorship, or outreach to women in the trucking industry and to support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in the industry.

FMCSA said it encourages people to visit its website to learn more about WOTAB and view the agenda for the meeting.

You can contact FMCSA at [email protected] should you have any questions.

FedEx founding sponsor for ATA's women's group

The American Trucking Associations recently announced FedEx Corp., is the inaugural founding sponsor of the trucking industry group’s Women In Motion program.

Women In Motion, which will gain ATA council status early next year, has a mission of connecting and empowering women across the transportation industry; seeking to foster a nurturing environment where women, from seasoned professionals to newcomers, support each other through the challenges and successes of their careers. By championing advocacy, mentorship, networking, and collaborative learning, WIM aims to drive transformative change across trucking, building a strong but welcoming community within the industry, according to a statement from ATA.

This collaboration between ATA and FedEx is the next step in WIM’s effort to champion the advancement of women in the transportation industry and promises to advance the council’s goal of delivering meaningful change.

“This is an exciting day, not only for ATA but for our entire industry. The overwhelming response from our members affirms that we are in the right place at the right time, and we eagerly anticipate the journey ahead,” said WIM Co-Chair Sarah Rajtik, ATA chief operating officer.

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