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Obama to Nominate NTSB Fatigue Expert to Head NHTSA

November 20, 2014

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Rosekind in an official NTSB photo.
Rosekind in an official NTSB photo.

President Obama intends to nominate Mark Rosekind of the National Transportation Safety Board to the top job at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Rosekind is a noted fatigue scientist who has studied truck driver hours of service rules and supported tougher screening for sleep disorders among drivers.

His portfolio at NHTSA, if he is confirmed, would cover equipment regulations rather than driver-oriented rules. Among the top trucking items on the agency’s agenda are a rule to require speed limiters on new heavy trucks, and proposed fuel efficiency standards.

Rosekind has served at NTSB for the past four years. The board’s job is to investigate crashes and propose safety solutions to the various regulatory agencies, including NHTSA.

Before he joined NTSB, Rosekind was president and chief scientist of Alertness Solutions, which provides fatigue management programs, among other lines of business. He has a Ph.D. from Yale University.

At NHTSA he would fill the vacancy left by Administrator David Strickland, who left about a year ago.

NHTSA has been under fire on Capitol Hill following complaints that it was slow to react to potentially hazardous ignition switches in some GM cars, and to lethal defects in air bags manufactured by Takata Corp.

Rosekind’s nomination will be reviewed by the Senate Commerce Committee. Sen. John Thune is the ranking Republican member of the committee and is in line to take over the chairmanship from Sen. Jay Rockefeller when the Republicans take control of the Senate next year.

“There is much to be done at NHTSA, and I look forward to sitting down with Dr. Rosekind to hear more about his plans to address the rising number of motor vehicle safety recalls,” Thune said in a statement.


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  1. 1. gk [ November 21, 2014 @ 05:15AM ]

    How about someone that understands trucking instead of an egghead that don't know squat about the real world.

  2. 2. Thomas Duncan [ November 21, 2014 @ 09:19AM ]

    Here we go again,,,,,create a problem that does not exist and push for all the tax dollars you can get,,,,fatigue my ass!

  3. 3. Kenny Scott [ November 21, 2014 @ 09:30AM ]

    Our President has absolutely no idea about the working man so he Nominates people who does not either.

  4. 4. Cliff Downing [ November 27, 2014 @ 06:03AM ]

    President of Alertness Solutions. Now we know why this character has been so behind tougher screening of drivers for sleep disorders. It would benefit his business. I always knew this all has had very little to do with real issues, but more to do with the latest cash cow that someone created.

    And just what we need. Another educated, though not actually intelligent, dweeb to decide what is a safe speed for trucks to operate. He wants more testing of drivers, so he will probably be recommending speed limiters on trucks of, say, 25 mph, and convoyed trucks, so that he can sleep test drivers while going down the road.

    But it might have been worse. He could have been another lawyer appointee.

  5. 5. Lee Lenard [ November 27, 2014 @ 01:56PM ]

    Thomas, Cliff.......yes, good comments. "Create a problem that does not exist"...that has been the goal of FMCSA for past several years....They created a problem with the July 2013 mandate that compounded the "so called problem" they now say they are going to fix. Just vacate the 2013 mandate and PROBLEM IS FIXED....Cliff so right that every rule made like speed restrictors, EOBC, and other gimmicks are just to "create a need and benefit big business" by taking more away from drivers, owner operators and the small businesses that have to use trucks as a part of their services or wholesale businesses.


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