ATA’s Abbott named to FMCSA advisory panel

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Updated Jun 18, 2011

Rob Abbott, American Trucking Associations’ vice president of safety policy, is one of five new members named to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee. Established in 2006, the 19-member MCSAC is compromised of industry experts and law enforcement officials, as well as labor and advocacy groups, and advises the FMCSA administrator on matters of safety and regulation.

Abbott replaces Dave Osiecki, ATA senior vice president of policy and regulator affairs, who represented ATA on the committee from 2006 through 2011. Abbott returned to ATA after serving as vice president of safety and compliance for TransForce Inc., an ATA member and nationwide transportation staffing firm. Prior to his time at TransForce, Abbott had been ATA’s director of safety policy in the 1990s.

“Throughout his career, Rob has been a strong advocate for the trucking industry and has worked tirelessly to improve the industry’s safety record,” Osiecki says. “I congratulate him on his appointment to this important group and expect he’ll continue to effectively represent the interests of the industry.”

The other new MCSAC members are Paul Claunch, major, Arkansas Highway Police, Little Rock, Ark.; Henry Jasny, vice president and senior counsel, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Washington, D.C.; Janice Mulanix, assistant chief, California Highway Patrol, Sacramento, Calif.; and Calvin Studivant, motorcoach driver, Community Coach Inc., Paramus, N.J.