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September 6, 2018 1:00 PM, EDT

FMCSA Chief Ray Martinez to Address Key Industry Issues at MCE

Ray Martinez Ray Martinez (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The country’s top trucking regulator will be a keynote speaker at American Trucking Associations’ conference next month to provide an update on new rules covering the industry, the trade federation announced recently.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Ray Martinez is expected to share with industry executives and observers the agency’s plans for guidelines for those firms involved in automated technology. Hours-of-service regulations coupled with rules on electronic logging devices also are likely to dominate the administrator’s address Oct. 27 at ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition.

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The event will be held Oct. 27-31 in Austin, Texas.

During a wide-ranging interview with Transport Topics last month, Martinez addressed concerns raised about ELDs.

“The ELD was a congressional mandate. I do believe it’s going to have a good effect on improving safety,” Martinez said. “We’re in the process of trying to get used to that right now, both on the enforcement side and on the industry side.”

ATA President Chris Spear will deliver the state of the industry address, and experts from the federation will lead panel discussions on topics including the economy and productivity. Evenings will consist of networking opportunities.