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12 HDT • AUGUST 2014 www.truckinginfo.com a Ferro stepping down as FMCSA chief after presiding over landmark safety rules WASHINGTON Oliver B. Patton • Washington Editor WASHINGTON report Anne Ferro, who will step down as chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin- istration this month, served as administrator during a period of great consequence for truck safety. In her term of almost five years, Ferro presided over the implementation of the landmark Compliance, Safety, Accountability safety enforcement program, better known as CSA, as well as substantial reform of the hours of service rule, and the closing stages of the electron- ic logging mandate, among many other initiatives. Any of these regulations by itself would be a major event in an administrator's career. CSA, which uses roadside data to rank carrier safety performance, is still a work in progress, but it has initiated a cultural change in indus- try safety. Hours of service, the fundamental work rule of the business, is extraordinarily sensitive, and when e-logs are mandated, they will establish a new era of hours-of-service compliance. All together, they amount to a significant body of work. The job of FMCSA administrator is always a difficult balancing act, but it has been particularly so in a time of heightened rhetoric against government regula- tion, while others are just as loud about wanting stricter controls. Add to that the complexity and personal impact of CSA, hours of service, and e-logs, and you get reac- tions such as those that accompanied the news of Ferro's resignation. "Good riddance" and "none too soon" are typical of what was said, particularly by individual drivers and owner-operators. But the chorus is not one-sided. A more positive perspective came from The Trucking Alliance, a small lobbying group representing a half-dozen carriers that are pushing for more safety regulations. "Anne … has been a tireless advocate for the necessary structural changes required within the motor carrier commu- nity," said Steve Williams, chairman of the alliance and chairman and CEO of Maverick USA. "Her commitment to study the efficacy of the hours of service rules, the implementation of the electronic logging device mandate and other initiatives, all of Even those who weren't happy with the outcome of the significant regulatory changes under Ferro's watch generally agree that she is known for her outreach to the industry. 8 The Obama administration should nominate a replacement who "will turn up the volume even more in order to get the truck safety initiatives completed that Anne has been promoting." – The Trucking Alliance PHOTO: U.S. DOT

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