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Ferro leaves FMCSA to head American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx said Ferro had "ushered in a new culture of safety."

The Trucker News Services

7/25/2014

WASHINGTON — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration head Anne S. Ferro is leaving the agency toward the end of August to become president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

Ferro made the announcement shortly after noon EDT in an e-mail to colleagues.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Ferro “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 Ferro had ushered in a new culture of safety into the commercial bus and trucking industries and had made it more difficult for companies that jeopardize the public’s well-being to stay in business and had made it easier for consumers to make informed choices when choosing a shipper or buying a bus ticket.

“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 (Barack) Obama, and Secretaries Foxx and (Ray) LaHood with you — the dedicated individuals who persevere every day to make safe transportation a reality for all of us,” she said in the e-mail. 

“Together, we have made a difference for countless families across the country by raising the bar for safety in motor carrier operations,” she continued. “We have worked to ensure that companies and drivers are more accountable for their actions, strengthened our oversight of high-risk carriers, created better tools for our law enforcement partners, and opened up a new world of useful  data to educate both businesses and consumers alike.  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. As part of that effort, we have highlighted the daily demands and economic pressure drivers often face because they are paid by-the-mile or load instead of their total time on-duty. In the GROW AMERICA Act 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.” 

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