T.F. “Scott” Darling has been the top official at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration since the departure of Anne Ferro a year ago, but he has not held the official title of “administrator.” That is likely about to change thanks to an official nomination by President Obama.
News of Darling’s nomination came via a statement from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which oversees FMCSA, on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 5.
“Through strong and effective management as chief counsel and acting administrator of FMCSA, Scott has already demonstrated his ability to lead the agency,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in the statement.
“He is committed to making our roads safer for motorists, passengers, and professional truck and bus drivers, and is constantly working with all sides to find solutions to challenges facing the industry and the motoring public. As administrator, FMCSA will continue to benefit from his years of leadership and experience working in the transportation sector. I look forward to our continued work together.”
Darling would have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before taking on the title.
OOIDA issued a statement on Wednesday, supporting the announcement.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Administrator Scott Darling,” OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston said. “We have found him to be open and receptive to input from the Association, and he appears to appreciate the role of professional truckers.”
OOIDA has been able to work with Darling in a number of areas during the past year, and is particularly pleased that he made significant progress with entry-level driver training standards, an issue that had previously been stagnant for many years.
“We are hoping the FMCSA will be willing to tackle some important issues like detention time, driver pay and others, while understanding why it’s important to avoid unnecessary regulation that will harm small businesses,” Johnston said. “We look forward to further discussions on the importance of trucks and truckers, especially small-business truckers, to the nation’s economy.”
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