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Ferro to Step Down as FMCSA Chief

July 25, 2014

By Oliver Patton

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Anne Ferro will step down next month from her post as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. She has served as Administrator since 2009.

She will become president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Ferro’s departure “with great disappointment.”

“Anne has been a true leader in safety throughout her time at (the Department of Transportation) and has become a trusted advisor and friend to me during my time as Secretary,” Foxx said in a statement.

“Under Anne’s leadership, FMCSA has ushered in a new culture of safety into the commercial bus and trucking industries.  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,” he said.

Ferro’s “infectious enthusiasm” has made DOT a better place to work, Foxx added.

In a farewell message to agency staff, Ferro said it has been her greatest privilege to work with them to advance FMCSA’s safety mission.

“While the opportunity to assume this position at AAMVA is another personal dream come true, no job can match the immense honor I have had serving President Obama, and Secretaries Foxx and LaHood with you – the dedicated individuals who persevere every day to make safe transportation a reality for all of us,” Ferro said.

Ferro mentioned initiatives the agency has undertaken during her tenure, including greater accountability for companies and drivers, stronger oversight of high-risk carriers, better tools for law enforcement and more data for industry and the public.

“On a daily basis we have also recognized the significant contributions that commercial truck and bus drivers make to roadway safety and our nation’s economic vitality,” she said.

She noted that she has highlighted the pressure drivers face because they are paid by-the-mile or load instead of their total time on-duty.

“We are seeking to change that compensation model so drivers receive fair wages for every hour they spend working – including time detained unloading and loading at the mercy of shippers and receivers,” she said.  

Comments

  1. 1. Mr. Truck [ July 25, 2014 @ 11:24AM ]

    Worst ever. Good riddance. Too bad she's heading for another "do-gooder" type job that influences public policy....

  2. 2. White Line [ July 25, 2014 @ 11:42AM ]

    Hiding under the auspices of safety, with bad data, poor leadership and no experience (don't call being head of Maryland MTA experience), and too big an ego to admit wrong or reconsider policy ( "it needs further review"- please) she will not be missed. Her legacy will be one of implementing rules and regulations that were unfounded, ill thought out and based on poor or little scientific research.

  3. 3. Snake in the Lake [ July 25, 2014 @ 11:52AM ]

    Here's your hat - what's your hurry?

  4. 4. Mike [ July 25, 2014 @ 11:56AM ]

    One can only hope that she will find personal fulfillment in her new position.

  5. 5. Cliff E [ July 25, 2014 @ 12:04PM ]

    Hope we don't get someone as bad as her

  6. 6. Kevin Hanschu, CDS [ July 25, 2014 @ 12:13PM ]

    Good Luck & Good Riddence,,, Instead of advancing transportation safety, one can only hope that Anne did not set it back a decade or so and that she will never have any type of influience on trucking ever again. Being short sided and having blinders on did not improve safety,,,

  7. 7. Mark Austin [ July 25, 2014 @ 01:44PM ]

    Goodbye. None too soon. Hopefully, someone will come in that actually knows what actually goes on inside the industry, instead of just another empty suit that wants to institute a bunch of new unnecessary rules that do more harm than good under the guise of safety, just to appease groups such as crash and public citizen who wish to do no more than cripple the industry.

  8. 8. Kenneth Depew [ July 25, 2014 @ 01:51PM ]

    This sums up my opinion of her and her cronies:
    Truckers road and weather reports
    43 mins · Edited ·
    You know at this point, I am not certain that I can be concerned what someone may think about me.
    YEP, HERE YOU GO JAMES P. HOFFA, ANNE S FERRO, AND ALL THE STRONG PROPONENTS OF ELD'S AND OVERREACHING POLICY. THAT CLAIM THE IMPLEMENTATION WILL SAVE 19 LIVES AND 146 MILLION DOLLARS. SORRY CORRECTION ANOTHER ONE DIED, I GUESS THAT'S 18, AND WHO KNOWS THE DOLLAR AMOUNT ON THIS ONE?
    HERE IS ANOTHER DEATH THAT YOUR E-LOGS & HOS RULES DID NOT STOP. YES, LETS INUNDATE MANKIND WITH MORE ELECTRONIC DEVICES SO WE CAN PASS THE BUCK, SHIRK MORE RESPONSIBILITY, BECOME MORE COMPLACENT, AND IN THE END CARE-LESS. WASH YOUR HANDS FMCSA.
    TURN YOUR BACK ON THE DEAD. GIVE MORE PEOPLE PROMOTIONS. CONVENIENTLY LEAVING BEHIND THE MESS FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO CLEAN UP.
    SENSELESS DEATHS ALL OF THEM.
    I CAN THINK OF MANY MORE PLACES TO PLACE THE BLAME. WHERE SHALL I BEGIN.
    OH, HOW ABOUT THE DRIVER. YES IN THE CAR OR THE DAMN TRUCK. THAT'S RIGHT IT STARTS WITH THEM. THEN WE GO TO THE TERRIBLE POLITICIANS WHO OPEN THE FLOOD GATES FOR MORE AND MORE 200 HOUR OR LESS TRAINED TRUCKERS.
    THEN WE MOVE TO THE TRUCKING COMPANIES. THEN WE TRACE THAT ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE DRIVER AGAIN.
    DEATH AFTER DEATH. PEOPLE ARE ANGRIER, ROAD RAGE MORE PREVALENT, DISGUSTING DRIVING HABITS, AND THE LIST IS ENDLESS.
    TAP TAP TAP GUESS WHAT NO-ONE IS LISTENING RIGHT. OK...REPORT THE NEXT DEATH, WE ARE ALL JUST FAR TO DARN USED TO PEOPLE DYING AND VIEWING WRECKS. THAT I THINK ...WE ARE ALL STARTING TO GET A REAL SENSE OF ENJOYMENT FROM IT.
    WOW---- I HOPE I ----AM WRONG, BECAUSE TOMORROW IT COULD BE YOU. SO LETS ALL JUST KEEP BEING GOOD FACEBOOKERS AND REPORTING THEM AS THEY COME IN.
    OR HAS AMERICA SEEN ENOUGH? HAS CANADA SEEN ENOUGH?
    THESE ACCIDENTS ARE PATHETIC. AND OUR LACK OF ACTION IS WORSE TO THE POWER OF 10. WHAT'S WORSE?

  9. 9. trucker72 [ July 25, 2014 @ 02:58PM ]

    Anne Ferro learned about trucking by?????
    Only what here bobble head president told her. Putting out skilled and seasoned truckers for steering wheel holders. Maybe since Obama had no experience, she thinks professional drivers should be the same way. IGNORANCE AT ITS FINEST. Why can't the department of transportation focus on the real problems? People in cars texting, cutting off trucks, speeding. Why not make inspection places for cars? Check the tires, wipers, seatbelt, see if they've texted while driving. Yes lacking experience is very dangerous but not as deadly as ignorant motorist assuming the big trucks can always see them. We're harmless. No weapons of any sort allowed in our trucks. However the DOT approach us as hardened criminals. Guns, vest's, mace, handcuffs And backup. Maybe we can get a Chief with at least some idea about the industry instead of just seeing stats.

  10. 10. Robert Ilsley [ July 25, 2014 @ 05:09PM ]

    There is a God after all. Anne Ferro has been the absolute worst administrator, and by far the most aggressive one towards the industry in general. because of her spat with the ATA and OOIDA, she has quietly implented the Summer of Death to the Industry this Summer. With the increased enforcement of the smallest of infractions, and zero tolerance in regards to fines she has been the most dictatorial wench ever. Police Officers telling our drivers that dont get too excited, as it is only going to get worsr. GOOD RIDDANCE Anne.I sincerely hope you fail in your new endeavors at the AAMVA.

  11. 11. Bob [ July 25, 2014 @ 06:59PM ]

    thank you god , good bye anne ferro hope to never hear from you again, now that the trucking industry is trying to run with it's pants around its ankles.

  12. 12. The Dude [ July 25, 2014 @ 11:08PM ]

    I will say at least she "RODE IN A TRUCK" with an OOIDA Member at least ...

    @ what she new was the end of Her Rein .Proud to belong to OOIDA !

  13. 13. new england buffalo [ July 26, 2014 @ 06:36AM ]

    can we repeal some of the laws she had passed,please.

  14. 14. Carlton Biggs [ July 27, 2014 @ 06:59AM ]

    the safety problem I have is not with trucks, but with 4 wheelers texting and speeding and erratic driving and the tourist this year have been worse than ever being speed demon idiots and not knowing there is such thing as stopping distance, run around you and cut in and get on brakes. HD submit button what was my errror

  15. 15. Lee Lenard [ July 27, 2014 @ 09:08PM ]

    Trucking, transportation, distribution and logistics will never recover from the damage of the "dictatorial reign of The Ferro" and definitely not the "working middle class" employees of these related businesses. Just like the "Union Busting", "dumbing down of Americans", and "greatest tax increase on middle America" ever during the Ronald Reagan era; the country tries to gradually find ways to readjust. We in the transportation sectors will gradually do the same now that "Queen Anne" has moved on. If we all individually contact and pressure our Congressmen and Senators a gradual correction process may get started. We all lost so much in $, life, good jobs and enjoyment that will never be recovered. We will readjust and work at restoring what was a good system. My hope, the "Electronic On-board Computer" that Queen Anne wanted so badly for the wealthy businessmen to sale and make millions from will be left to selectivity for those who want it and not mandated for all. The EOBC is the most DANGEROUS thing ever placed on a truck!

  16. 16. lastgoodusername [ August 02, 2014 @ 10:08AM ]

    i wonder who the bastards at the Trucking Alliance will put in now. There is a really nice lady working the drive thru at Wendy's just down the street. She probably has enough transportation management experience. Here's hoping to things being viewed with a bit of common sense for a change.

  17. 17. Lee Lenard [ August 04, 2014 @ 04:40PM ]

    I vote for the lady @ Wendy's. I bet she knows that a hamburger comes from beef and a chicken sandwich is not "pork". She is also trained to listen! Lastgooduser you are on target with the Trucking Alliance....Where do those of us on the road see most of the weird and unusual truck problems, congestion, trucks in places they should not be and accidents...yes from those trucks owned by the carriers in the Trucking Alliance. They want to have mandates and restrictions so they can hire the lowest level, no experience, no training, cheapest driver they can find and then force all the others to comply with rules that their drivers can barely function by.......

 

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