FMCSA Administrator Martinez Stepping Down to be “Closer to His Family”

Washington D.C. – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Ray Martinez will be leaving to take another position at the end of the month.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Martinez, a New Jersey native, will be stepping away from the FMCSA to move closer to his home.

His next assignment will be to oversee a major DOT construction project taking place at the Volpe Center in Massachusetts.

“We are grateful for Martinez’s service and glad that he will keep serving the Department in this capacity, while also meeting his long-held wishes to be located closer to his family,” the statement read.

 

Along with Martinez’s departure, Jim Mullen, Chief Counsel, will move to the Deputy Administrator’s role at FMCSA.

Mullen has been with the DOT since June 2018.

Mullen has a “strong track record of engaging with all relevant government and industry stakeholders on significant rulemakings that FMCSA is undertaking,” according to the DOT’s announcement.

Alan Hanson, Deputy Administrator, will take on the Chief Counsel’s role Mullen is vacating.

As for Martinez, he was sworn in shortly after being approved by the U.S. Senate in February of 2018.

He was immediately given the tough task of implementing the highly controversial electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate.

Perhaps his time with the Agency will best be remembered as the Administrator who led the rulemaking to reform hours of service (HOS) rules.

 

Trucking industry stakeholders have been begging for HOS reform for years.

Martinez often pointed out the Trump Administration heard the voices of those in the trucking industry crying out over the issue and sought to provide “flexibility” in the regulations.


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He drew praise from many throughout the trucking industry when the Agency announced its proposed changes earlier this year.

Martinez has been busy with many other issues including implementing the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, the Agency’s Crash Preventability Determination program, meeting Congressional demands to improve the CSA safety-measurement protocol, as well as the Under-21 Military Pilot Program.

 

Martinez certainly also had his detractors.

Critics accused him of being overly influenced by the large trucking associations such as the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).

The DOT downplayed the personnel shake up saying it is “glad to have a deep bench of talented team members committed to public service, and to continuing to deliver on the Administration’s priorities.”

 


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