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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Jan. 13 announced this year’s members for its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, which includes a record number of women as well as its first female vice chair.
The 25-member committee, chosen from candidates across all motor carrier stakeholders, is tasked with providing insight into many significant issues that affect the trucking industry.
New Vice Chairman Jennifer Hall is general counsel and executive vice president of legal affairs for American Trucking Associations.
Hall will serve this year along with MCSAC Chairman LaMont Byrd of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Hall is in line to assume the chairmanship in 2022.
“For more than 15 years, the MCSAC has played an important role in advising FMCSA and shaping the federal government’s approach to improving the safety of the trucking industry and highways generally,” Hall said in a statement. “I’ve been privileged to be a part of this committee for nearly five years and I’m honored to be chosen as its vice chair. I look forward to continuing the committee’s important work and providing important perspective on behalf of ATA and the trucking industry.”
Chris Spear, president of ATA, said Hall is a tremendous advocate for the trucking industry and is committed to improving highway safety for all Americans.
“Being chosen as vice chair of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee shows that Jennifer’s expertise and dedication to safety are valued by FMCSA and by us at ATA,” said Spear. “On behalf of ATA, I want to congratulate her on this honor.”
FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck touted the diverse membership.
FMCSA today announced its 2021 members for the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC). The membership of the committee draws from candidates across all motor carrier stakeholders—and the 2021 membership includes a record number of women. https://t.co/0XibtYKUOu— FMCSA (@FMCSA) January 13, 2021
“The MCSAC members provide invaluable insight into all parts of the motor carrier industry and are critical in shaping FMCSA’s priorities and initiatives,” he said. “The 2021 membership features a strong and diverse set of members from industry, safety, labor and enforcement. We are particularly proud of the committee’s record number of female members for 2021.”
FMCSA’s MCSAC provides advice and recommendations on issues tasked by the FMCSA administrator regarding motor carrier safety programs and motor carrier safety regulations. Initially chartered by the secretary of transportation in 2006, MCSAC membership is balanced and is composed of up to 25 experts from the motor carrier safety advocacy, safety enforcement, industry and labor sectors.
FMCSA is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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