The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is considering the nomination of Meera Joshi for administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
“The Alliance supports this nomination and encourages the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to advance the nomination,” said Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Executive Director Collin Mooney. “With Ms. Joshi at the helm of FMCSA, we look forward to continuing our long-standing history of fostering a collaborative and cooperative relationship between CVSA and one of its federal government partners, FMCSA.”
Joshi has been serving as deputy administrator of FMCSA since January. Prior to her nomination for FMCSA administrator, Joshi served as chair and CEO of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Before that, she served as a general manager of the New York Office of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants and was a visiting scholar at the New York University Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management.
“As an organization comprised of commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement agencies throughout North America, CVSA appreciates Ms. Joshi’s extensive experience promoting highway safety,” said Mooney. “Her time with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission gives her the experience and exposure necessary to guide FMCSA and work collaboratively with the Alliance.”
“We look forward to working with Ms. Joshi and all the dedicated people at FMCSA to continue to improve safety on our nation’s roadways and, ultimately, to save lives,” Mooney added.
FMCSA’s primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. Activities of the administration include: ensuring safety in motor carrier operations through enforcement of safety regulations, targeting high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers, improving safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies, strengthening commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards, and increasing safety awareness. FMCSA works with federal, state and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, labor and safety interest groups, and others.
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on Sept. 22 to consider the presidential nomination of Meera Joshi to serve as FMCSA administrator. Interested individuals may view the hearing via live stream starting at 10 a.m. EDT.
If the committee votes to advance the nomination, Joshi must then be confirmed by the full Senate. If confirmed, Joshi will be the seventh administrator in FMCSA’s history.