FMCSA’s top official resigns

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The top official of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Annette Sandberg, has given notice of her resignation, says Duane DeBruyne, the FMCSA’s deputy director of communications. DeBruyne confirmed that the resignation would take effect March 1.

Sandberg has been FMCSA administrator since August 2003, taking office four months after the agency published its revised hours-of-service rule. Hours issues have occupied much of her time since. Before leading the FMCSA, Sandberg was chief of the Washington State Patrol and a deputy administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“The American Trucking Associations and its motor carrier members express their appreciation for a job well done by Annette Sandberg of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “She and her team of safety professionals consistently demonstrated a willingness to openly examine motor carrier concerns and issues while maintaining the highest commitment to highway safety. During her tenure, the truck-involved injury crash rate decreased 13 percent, while the truck-involved fatal crash rate dropped to its lowest point since the U.S. Department of Transportation began keeping records in 1975. While her focus on safety will be missed, ATA looks forward to continuing to work with FMCSA to save lives on our nation’s highways.”