The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that Jack Van Steenburg was appointed assistant administrator and chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Van Steenburg previously served as the director of FMCSA’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, where he led all enforcement programs that contribute to safe commercial vehicle transportation nationwide. During a 25-year career with the New York State Police Department, Van Steenburg was responsible for all state highway safety programs and was elected president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
Van Steenburg presented at the 2009 NASDTPS Annual Conference in Lousiville, Ky., on an initial plan to roll school buses under a federal commercial vehicle roadside inspection program that did not proceed after several student transportation industry professionals expressed their objections because states already have developed similar programs.
FMCSA said Van Steenburg will now act as chief safety advocate promoting partnerships with federal, state and local governments and providing direction over all national commercial vehicle safety programs. His new position is one of three U.S. DOT career postings that require presidential approval.