New NHTSA leader confirmed

Mark Rosekind, 59, is the new chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a regulatory agency under the Department of Transportation.

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An expert on human sleep and fatigue, Rosenid’s nomination was confirmed by the Senate Dec. 16. He previously worked at the National Transportation Safety Board and for NASA.

NHTSA’s primary regulatory role is auto safety, particularly when it comes to equipment, but with emphasis on trucks and other industry-related equipment, too.

Some of its rulemakings are made in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, like the upcoming speed limiter mandate. NHTSA also operates independently on equipment-based trucking regulations intended to boost truck safety and overall highway safety.