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Incoming Transportation Secretary Foxx will focus on safety, efficiency

Jul
2,
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Anthony Foxx

Anthony Foxx

Anthony Foxx, who most recently served as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation. In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate approved Foxx’s nomination in a 100-0 vote following a relatively smooth confirmation process.

Following the Senate vote, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) put out a press release congratulating Foxx on his confirmation.

“ATA is and will continue to be open and eager to assisting Secretary-to-be Foxx as he moves into his new role,” ATA Chairman Mike Card said. “As an industry we share his stated goal of having the world’s safest, most efficient transportation network.”

When he was first nominated, Foxx’s credentials had been questioned by some media commentators, who noted that he has little in the way of direct experience in the transportation sector. However, the former mayor’s involvement with large-scale public transit projects in Charlotte has been held up as evidence of his readiness to head the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

During a confirmation hearing before members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Foxx said that “ensuring that our transportation system is the safest in the world will be [his] top priority.” This signals that the DOT will see a substantial level of continuity in terms of policy, as outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood also made vehicular safety a cornerstone of his time in office.

Foxx has also expressed support for new infrastructure development. However, the incoming secretary told lawmakers that he believes it is important for the government to focus on doing what it can to improve the “efficiency and performance of our existing transportation system” before expanding road, rail and other networks through new construction projects.

Broader deployment of GPS technology will support secretary’s goals

There is only so much that the government can do to support safety and efficiency in the nation’s transportation sector. This is particularly true in the automotive sector, as individual drivers have a high level of autonomy and top-down regulation may have a limited impact.

Making significant progress on improving the safety of the nation’s roads demands an approach that addresses conditions at the ground level. For instance, companies that operate sizable vehicle fleets can bolster the safety of their personnel – and the countless motorists with which they share the streets – by implementing a fleet management system.

With GPS tracking devices installed in its vehicles, an organization can monitor its operations in real time and intervene directly in cases where drivers are found to be engaging in speeding or other risky behaviors.

Vehicle tracking software can also aid fleet managers in making their operations more efficient by ensuring that drivers are always able to take the shortest possible routes to their destinations, even in cases where main throughways are rendered inaccessible by weather, construction activity or other disruptions.

© 2013, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Robin

    I’m almost in hysterics … please stop, my sides hurt … a government official going to focus on … ahem .. ” Efficiency ”

    ………… oh, my sides hurt !

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