FMCSA chief takes a ride with veteran woman driver

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator T.F. Scott Darling recently got to see what it’s like to to be a truck driver when he went on a two-day trip with Stephanie Klang, a driver for CFI, which is based in Joplin, Missouri.

Darling met Klang and Women In Trucking CEO Ellen Voie at a TA truck stop in Foristell, Missouri, and from there went on a trip to Oklahoma City. Along the way Darling visited CFI headquarters where he watched a truck inspection from the undercarriage. He was also given a tour of the facility including the maintenance and repair facilities, customer service, and operations areas as well as the recruiting areas.

FMCSA Administrator T.F. Scott Darling on a ride-along with driver Stephanie KlangFMCSA Administrator T.F. Scott Darling on a ride-along with driver Stephanie Klang

“It was an honor to show FMCSA Administrator Darling that we are absolutely committed to safety on the highways and share with him that at CFI we walk the talk” said Randy Cornell, vice president of maintenance for CFI.

During the trip, Klang had the opportunity to share her thoughts and concerns with Darling. They discussed ELDs, speed limiters, safety, and other driver concerns.

“This ride-along was another fantastic opportunity to obtain first-hand, on-the-road perspective of some of the challenges facing today’s professional drivers from an incredibly talented female driver with more than three million miles of accident-free experience,” said Darling.

Klang has been driving since January 1980 and has driven for CFI for the past 29 years. She even has over three million safe driving miles with the company. She has been a captain on the ATA America’s Road Team and serves on the Women In Trucking Image Team.