It’s a bad week to be FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro. Yesterday, a Senate committee voted in favor of an amendment that would suspend the current restart rule, and today, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has calling on the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation to “seek the resignation of the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.”
According to a press release from OOIDA, the OOIDA board of directors unanimously agreed to call on DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx to “request that FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro leave her position of FMCSA.”
“We have asked the secretary to put into place new leadership at FMCSA,” said the President and CEO of OOIDA, Jim Johnston. “The agency needs to be headed by someone who will approach professional truck drivers with the respect and fair treatment that their important work and commitment to safety demand.”
In a letter to Sec. Foxx, OOIDA pointed out examples of Ferro’s “failure to perform her duties impartially, her failure to lead her agency to fulfill Congressional mandates, and her failure to responsibly prioritize the agency’s tasks.”
The full letter can be read here.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the only national trade association representing the interests of all professional truck drivers and small-business trucking companies. OOIDA was established in 1973 in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area and has grown to nearly 150,000 active members nationwide.