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WASHINGTON — Deborah Hersman, the outgoing chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the top federal truck safety regulator has to ensure that companies that do not honor hours-of-service rules are penalized and eventually shut down.
Hersman said at the National Press Club on April 21 that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had improved its safety data collection of bus and trucking companies, but it has struggled to act on that information.
“We have to get the poor operators off the road before the crashes and not after,” Hersman said. “It’s the bad companies that are not following the rules. … They’re actually creating unfair competition for the companies that do.”
Hersman will step down April 25 from NTSB to take over as CEO of the National Safety Council, an Illinois-based nonprofit.