MATS 2013

Wendy Parker

Does Anne Ferro have a driver’s license?

| March 25, 2013

George and I spent the last three days walking 10,000 miles around the Kentucky Expo Center, trying vainly to see all the Mid-America Trucking Show had to offer. I believe it would have been entirely impossible to visit every exhibit without the aid of wizards and rocket boots. And a hovercraft.

This was my second trucking show overall — I was christened last year at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) in Dallas. I thought that was a giant show until I went to MATS. The Dallas show was more enjoyable for me personally, because the layout made sense to someone other than a drunken animal and didn’t seem completely oversold. I’m not a huge fan of crowds, but Dallas spaced the booths in a way that didn’t impede foot traffic and had plenty of stuff to see without being overwhelming and impossible. I don’t think bigger is better when it comes to trade shows.

I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy myself, we got to see a lot of our friends from the industry, and Anne Ferro and I are best buds now.

Kidding! (I’m going to teach her how to french-braid next weekend.) But I did get to meet her and ask her the solitary question I had for the only high-ranking government official I’ve ever met.

“Do you have a driver’s license?”

Of course I didn’t just walk up and blurt it out like that, I hung back and let other folks take pictures and stuff for a few minutes while I psyched myself up to speak to her. I couldn’t decide if I should curtsy or bow or something official, and while I was trying to work this out in my head she turned around and looked at me like I was supposed to say something, so I just stuck my hand out and went with a business-like, non-curtsy approach.

I explained to her I didn’t drive professionally, I just kind of wrote about what I experience out on the road as a non-trucking person in the trucking industry, riding along. She was really nice and personable, she seemed genuinely interested in what I do, which was very flattering. I only had a couple of minutes to chat, and I told her I got the feeling a lot of professional drivers out there don’t think she’s very connected to what they’re actually up against. I also told her there was a rumor that she didn’t have a driver’s license. She pretty much cracked up when I said that.

Anne Ferro“I don’t have a CDL, but I’ve been driving since I was thirteen. Yes, I have a driver’s license and I do drive.”

I was tempted to mention driving at the age of thirteen is illegal, but then I remembered getting busted taking my Momma’s Delta 88 for a spin around the block and promptly into a garage door when I was fourteen, so I decided to be cool. Anne and I are outlaws, that’s how we roll.

Time was short and I was really nervous because there were a lot of other people waiting for her and I was totally tempted to ask her if she believed in Bigfoot, so I just kind of thanked her a lot for talking to me. This is probably why The Ever Elusive and Sometimes Famous Max Heine leaves important interviews up any other human being who can hold a thought for more than 11 seconds.

Thankfully, she was kind enough to turn me over to a very nice man named Duane DeBruyne, who smelled good, had awesome hair, and smiled a lot.

Oh yeah, he also exchanged information with me and offered to set up a question-and-answer kind of post for the blog with Mrs. Ferro, which will be one of the coolest things I’ve done yet. She can help explain in her own words what she thinks qualifies herself and other people in government, who don’t have CDLs and can’t relate on a personal experience level, to make rules for Joe Driver. More on that later, because I’ll definitely need our readers’ help with questions that don’t pertain to alien abduction and Bigfoot’s CSA score.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/don.lanier1 Don Lanier

    While I agree with your statement in content we really shouldnt label some folks as wetbacks, when we have Russian, South African, Polish, Indians, Turks, and On and On entering the workforce, Yes they want cheap labor, do I think that will work for trucking HELL NO, Experience cant be replaced by cheap KIDS or barely able to determine which door there supposed to be backing into, Let alone back the truck up. Experience is required and you can load this workforce with newbies and Illegals soon to be legal and the rest of the Worlds guys and dolls…But If you wreck the truck every week, you smash the docks at every other drop, you try to drive thru McDonalds and wind up upside down in the median because its Sharia Prayer hour…eventually thats not going to get it, when the statistics are going up and up and the common denominator is BARELY ABLE TO SPEAK DA ENGLISH drivers who have the whole family living in the truck….well lets say the Cheap Labor game wont last long and I see it everyday already. Every week I see someone who doesnt know how to hit the dock, cant park in the aisle at a truck stop, cant make the corner, weaves in an out of the traffic, and drives under the bridges…EVERY WEEK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.taratuta John Taratuta

    Love it! Thanks, Wendy for a nice read . . .

  • lurch1234

    If she doesn’t have a cdl then how in the !@#$ can possibly have any idea of what is like to be behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. She has no business suggesting or being a part of new rules “in the interest of saftey.”

  • kiko kika

    its like asking her if she give a rats azz..she got a job tha’ts good for her next question

  • ilovdieselsmoke

    Don’t be fooled, these people not only live within the bumbling bubble of the D.C. beltway but while there are in a position to promote themselves. They’re interested in moving along only one campaign, their own agenda! She’ll use her government position to posture for future openings for herself such as a lobbyist or maybe a highly compensated consultant for the ATA. They don’t appoint workers in a position to oversee managers. This is not Jimmie Stewart goes to Washington… Anyone who thinks our representatives in Washington or who they appoint in cabinet positions are going to do the average Joe a little justice is in for a rude awakening!!

  • http://twitter.com/howddydutytime Mike Smith

    To many females like Ferro, Polosi, Feistien, Boxer have been put in control, and have been and are now telling men what they can do and can’t do. Women did not build this country MEN built this country. The female mentality has been taking men down ever since they have been elected into office’s. Just look at what has happened to our country and what is happening now since the have been elected into offices for the last 20 yrs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leszek.kolodziej.5 Leszek Kolodziej

    Anne Ferro has a drivers license to drive generic automatic vehicle loaded with alphabet soup of electronic drivers aids. She’s also very smart and has a ton of knowledge she acquired from BOOKS and “EXPERTS” and that is sufficient to regulate my driving and sleeping habits for my and everyone’s “safety” . Yeah right! 20% increase in commercial drivers’ fatalities recently? How many of the departed ones had E-logs?

  • mousekiller

    People like Ferro listen to the individuals that have PHD, DDS PTSD and have several degrees in the food service industry and the real information about the trucking industry is lost and never found or wanted after that.

  • TK48

    Two weeks ago I went to trial in Wyoming over soem alleged safety violations, cross examined the DOT agent who wrote me up. “Are you a sworn police officer?” Er no I am a civilian. “Do you hold a commercial driver’s license?” No. ” So you are out on the highways inspecting vehicles you can’t legally drive?” No answer but judge was listening. Beat the rap.

  • Bigfoot3910

    Let me step out on a limb and become a target. No, she doesn’t have a CDL and likely couldn’t back a trailer into a dock in an hour – but on the other hand…shes the Administrator. Personally I would rather the staff actually interacting with the driver community on a daily basis be knowledgeable more so than her. While I’m sure that most carriers are run by people that have held a CDL, I’m also sure it’s not always the case. There’s a lot more to trucking than driving – and there’s a lot more to safety than having a CDL

  • Rich

    Given her grasp of safety and the trucking industry , it would be surprising to learn she has a G.E.D.