Clapp sworn in as FMCSA chief

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The U.S. Senate on Sept. 26 confirmed, without opposition, Joseph Clapp as the first administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Clapp was officially sworn in on Oct. 4.

“I am pleased to have someone with Joe’s extensive background in the motor carrier industry as the leader of our newest agency,” said Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. “His knowledge, experience and leadership will be a great asset for transportation safety and security.”

Clapp most recently served as chairman of Roadway Services Inc. He began his career in trucking as director of safety for Ryder Tank Line Inc. before joining Roadway Express in 1967. He rose to chairman and chief executive offer of Roadway Services in 1987. Clapp has served as chairman of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and previously chaired the American Trucking Associations’ Regular Common Carrier Conference and the ATA Foundation.