Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
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For Immediate Release
OOIDA’s Todd Spencer seeks top spot at FMCSA
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s president and CEO, Todd Spencer, formally notified President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team that he is interested in serving as the next Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA is an agency in the Department of Transportation that has regulatory oversight of the trucking industry.
“Representing our nation’s small-business truckers has been my life’s work,” said Spencer in the letter. “I still aspire to do this for many years to come, but sometimes we are compelled to make a difference in other ways,” he added.
FMCSA’s primary mission is to reduce crashes involving large trucks, something that Spencer believes he can help accomplish.
“There are more regulations in place today than ever, and there is more enforcement and compliance with those regulations, yet highway safety isn’t improving,” said Spencer.
Throughout his long career, Spencer has pointed out that regulations often exclude input from those who actually drive trucks for a living. He is also a critic of the regulatory regime because rules are too rigid and not tailored to reflect the operational diversity in trucking.
Spencer has a commercial drivers license and knows what it is like to make a living behind the wheel of a truck. He has worked directly with FMCSA and predecessor agencies such as the Interstate Commerce Commission. He’s testified before Congress, served on the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee since its inception several years ago, and was recently selected as a Top 10 leader in transportation by media outlet Business Insider.
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