With Meera Joshi leaving next month, Robin Hutcheson has been named Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the 4th acting Administrator since FMCSA’s last full time administrator Ray Martinez, who stepped down from the post in October 2019.
But this hasn’t kept the FMCSA from doing its job. The agency still published the HOS final rule, continued pilot projects, and issued emergency declarations throughout the pandemic without an administrator.
Hutcheson would still need to be nominated and confirmed if she is to ascend to the role of Administrator.
Most recently, Hutcheson has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety Policy for the DOT in the Biden-Harris Administration since January 2021, leading safety policy for the department, coordinating other efforts like COVID-19 response and having instrumental input in the development of the Infrastructure Bill, especially the new Safe Streets and Roads for All program.
Prior to being appointed to the Biden-Harris Administration, Hutcheson was the Director of Public Works for the City of Minneapolis and oversaw a team of 1,100 people across nine divisions, including drinking water, surface waters and sewers, solid waste and recycling, fleet management and all transportation functions.
Prior to her appointment in Minneapolis, she served as the Transportation Director for Salt Lake City, working to improve all modes of transportation.
Safety starts with your Hiring Process
After a driver is hired, managing driver files becomes an ongoing burden as employers are required to keep files current for drug tests, physical exams, safety records, annual MVRs, commercial driver’s licenses, endorsements and even conducting annual driver reviews (a burdensome process).
With high driver turnover in trucking, construction and distribution fleets, this problem becomes amplified.
CNS goes beyond just helping you manage your driver qualification files. Our Proactive Safety Management Programs help to manage your entire plan for safety, compliance and record keeping, from drug consortium management to vehicle and equipment maintenance, without the cost of employing the many staff members it takes to run an effective safety program.