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BREAKING: FMCSA Chief Anne Ferro Steps Down


UPDATE: ATA Releases Statement In Response To Anne Ferro’s Resignation

Press Release

“ARLINGTON, Va., July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves issued the following statement on the resignation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro:

“In her time with FMCSA, Administrator Ferro was a passionate advocate for the agency. We wish her well in her new role at the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and look forward to working with her on commercial driver licensing issues.”

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward”

UPDATE: OOIDA Releases Statement In Response To Anne Ferro’s Resignation

Press Release

(July 25, 2014, Grain Valley, Mo.) –The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, OOIDA, responded today to the news that FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro resigned her post.

“We would like to congratulate the Administrator on her new position and wish her well as she leads the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators,” said Jim Johnston, president and CEO of OOIDA. “She is well known for having unprecedented personal outreach and engagement with truckers in all the years that we have worked with the agency.”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area. The Association currently has more than 151,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.

UPDATE: Anne Ferro’s full letter to her FMCSA colleges can be found here.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Secretary, Anthony Foxx announced on July 25th, that Chief Anne Ferro would be stepping down from her position next month.

Fox wrote in a note to the DOT staff that, “Anne has been a true leader in safety throughout her time at DOT. She has made it more difficult for companies that jeopardize the public’s well-being to stay in business and easier for consumers to make informed choices when choosing a shipper or buying a bus ticket.” According to Ferro, she will be leaving the agency for a position as the president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

In a message to her staff, Ferro praised her efforts to “ensure that companies and drivers are more accountable for their actions, strengthened our oversight of high-risk carriers, created better tools for our law enforcement partners, and opened up a new world of useful  data to educate both businesses and consumers alike.”

Below is an audio feed of today’s (July 25th’s) question/answer session with Ferro during the Expedite Expo in Wilmington, Ohio – right before she submitted her resignation.

During Ferro’s term with the FMCSA, the agency adopted the new HOS rules which took effect in 2013, which mandates that drivers who reach 70 hours of driving within a week take a 34-hour restart between each workweek.

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