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Anne Ferro Nominated by Barack Obama to Head the FMCSA


On Thursday June 4th, President Obama nominated Anne S Ferro to be the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


FMCSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation which has the responsibility of overseeing and regulating the safety of commercial motor vehicles (trucks and buses) and the men and women who drive trucks and the motorists and their families who share the road with commercial vehicles. In essence, Ferro will be in charge of the agency whose primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.  She will have to be confirmed by the Senate before she can hold the nominated position.

Anne Ferro is presently the president of the Maryland Motor Truck Association and prior to that she served as Maryland Motor Vehicle (MMV) administrator.

When She was asked by a publication why she took the job of president and CEO of the MMTA  she replied, “After spending so many years in government I wanted to learn about the private sector. And the other reason is — I love trucks,” she said.
As MMTA chief she said her priority was simple: “ … to advocate for the [trucking] industry,” adding that most people “have an opinion about [commercial] trucks — they don’t like them. We have to work to change that.”

As with all things in life, there are people who are for the nomination of Anne Ferro and those who are opposed.  In general Trucking officials were supportive, safety advocacy groups were opposed.

Here are some of the statements from those who support the nomination of Anne S Ferro as Administrator of the FMCSA:

“Ms. Ferro’s extensive experience in promoting driver, vehicle and highway safety will serve the nation well. As administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehcile Administration she developed a reputation as a tough, but fair regulator,” said Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations.

In addition to her intelligence, “her personal skills are absolutely outstanding,” said Joe Cowan, president of Cowan Systems, Maryland’s largest trucking company.

“Based on her background and her experience in a cross-section of positions that deal with commercial vehicles she should have a well-rounded [outlook] … and may very well be a good administrator,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Other advocates for the nomination are:

John Haulsladen, president of the Minnesota Trucking Association
Jim Runk, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck
Dale Bennett, executive vice president of the Virginia Trucking Association
Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association
John Hill, Former Chief Administrator of FMCSA

Those opposed to the nomination include:

James P. Hoffa
General President
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

John Lannen
Executive Director
Truck Safety Coalition

Daphne Izer Jennifer Tierney
Founder Board Member and Director, North Carolina
Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.) Survivors Network

Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways

The Truck Safety Coalition is a partnership between The Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) Foundation, and Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T). The Truck Safety Coalition is dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes, providing compassionate support to truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims, and educating the public, policy-makers and media about truck safety issues.

Teamsters and The Truck Safety Coalition have written a  Letter in Opposition to the Nomination of Ms. Anne Ferro to head FMCSA

The Teamsters union told President Barack Obama it opposes his nominee to be the top U.S. trucking regulator because of her support for a rule that allows truckers to drive for up to 11 consecutive hours. Anne Ferro is the wrong person to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration because of her “trucking-industry party line,”

The letter also stated that Ferro defends  the current Hours of Service and therefore suggests a “stay-the course attitude.”
“We firmly believe that the individual appointed to this agency should not come from the very industry the agency is required to regulate, especially given the trucking industry’s positions on these health and safety issues,” the letter stated. “Ms. Ferro consistently supports the trucking industry party-line on motor carrier issues in opposition to positions taken by consumer, health and safety groups, truck crash victims and their families and the hard-working men and women who drive trucks. We cannot support a candidate who represents the Bush Administration ‘status quo’ rather than embracing your call for change.”

So there you have it, the pros and cons of the nomination of Anne S Ferro as the Administrator of the FMCSA .  What do you think? We’d like to know your opinion.

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By: Allen Smith

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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6 Responses to Anne Ferro Nominated by Barack Obama to Head the FMCSA. - Post a Comment

  1. Tim Titolo

    Allen –

    What are your thoughts on the new leader’s attitude being pro trucking industry>


  2. Allen Smith

    Hi Tim: Right now I’m just sitting back and looking for others thoughts and opinions about this nominee …interested in what others think?

  3. sam

    Anne Ferro is the Best Administrator Director Or Manager in the entire State and Federal .
    She’s very knowledgeble and hard worker .

  4. San Diego Real Estate

    I can’t figure out how to subscribe to the comments via my reader . I want to keep up to date on this, how do I do that?

    • Allen Smith

      You should just be able to click the RSS on the top right in the header. It will ask you what reader you would like to use.

  5. Kevin

    It’s an interesting message but should be tempered with the point that where would these truckers be without the shippers. They are the source of their livelihood and you shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds you.

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