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11/6/2009
SPECIAL REPORT: Senate confirms Ferro to lead FMCSA

Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 – Anne Ferro, former president of the Maryland Motor Truck Association, has been confirmed as the next FMCSA administrator.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Ferro late Thursday, Nov. 5, following her nomination earlier in the year by President Obama. The president will hold a ceremony in the near future.

OOIDA supports Ferro in her new role because of her diverse background in trucking, safety and regulatory circles.

“Which should give her a broad perspective and overview of the industry which could be beneficial both to truckers and to the agency which she would represent in terms of advocating policies which would impact the industry,” said OOIDA Executive VP Todd Spencer.

Ferro refers to herself as a “public servant at heart with a passion for highway safety and a commitment to good government.”

Her charge will be to reduce the incidence and severity of crashes involving commercial vehicles.

“This has proven to be a daunting challenge in a multi-sector industry where segments of it have such low barriers to entry that competition for business is sometimes characterized as a race to the bottom,” she told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee during her confirmation hearing.

Ferro handled some tough committee questions on hours of service, lobbying, electronic on-board recorders, cross-border trucking, truck weight and bus safety, but the road to confirmation was relatively smooth.

– By David Tanner, staff writer
david_tanner@landlinemag.com

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