FMCSA names drivers on new advisory panel

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Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021: 

FMCSA unveils picks for driver-advisory panel to MCSAC committee
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today announced the names of 25 reps from all manner of truck and bus sectors to serve as a new panel to the agency’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC). The panel is comprised of working commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, and chaired Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association President Todd Spencer.

The new panel is expected to provide direct feedback to FMCSA on important issues of safety, hours-of-service regulations, training, parking, and those affecting the driver experience broadly. It includes operators of tractor-trailers, straight trucks and motor coaches, and those with experience hauling hazmat and ag products, and in other specialty niches.

The panelists: 
William Bennett III, UPS Freight
Teddy Cranford, Waste Management of Maryland, Inc.
Debra Desiderato, Walkabout Transport
Douglas Feathers, URS Midwest Inc.
Steve Fields, YRC Freight
JoAnne Forbes, MBT Worldwide, Inc.
Gerald Fritts, Jr., American Overland Freight
John Grosvenor, McKiernan Trucking
Attila Gyorfi, RSP Express Inc.
W. Scott Harrison, K Limited Carriers
Rhonda Hartman, Old Dominion Freight Lines
Darwin Hershberger, Hershberger Livestock, LLC
Daniel Kobussen, Kobussen Buses, Ltd.
Deb Labree, Castle Transport, LLC
Alphonso Lewis, YRC Freight
Don Logan, FedEx Freight
Kellylynn McLaughlin, Schneider National, Inc.
Tina Peterson, Ravenwood Transport
Stephen Pryor, Greyhound Lines, Inc.
H. Kevin (Brandy) Russell, Transport America
Douglas Smith, Ralph Smith Co.
Kevin Steichen, Steichen Trucking
Angelique Temple, Atlantic Bulk Carrier
Desirée Wood, Real Women in Trucking

Large fleet announces new leadership appointments
U.S. Xpress (CCJ Top 250, No. 15) has announced two changes within its senior leadership team.

The company has appointed Jake Lawson to Chief Commercial Officer and Justin Harness to President of the Dedicated Division.

Lawson will move into Harness’s former role leading sales, pricing and customer engagement, while Harness will lead the company’s growing Dedicated business. Both appointments are effective this week and are based in the company’s Chattanooga headquarters.