FMCSA Chief Ray Martinez to Address Senators June 19

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Ray Martinez, the country’s top trucking regulator, is scheduled to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee on June 19.

The panel’s leadership aims to gain a status report on the implementation of the 2015 FAST Act highway law, which expires in the fall of 2020, according to the hearing’s announcement.


Martinez is expected to update senators on ongoing rulemakings and certain policies, such as autonomous technology, at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The objective would be to assist lawmakers as they reauthorize the comprehensive highway law.

Joining Martinez will be three U.S. Department of Transportation agency heads: Federal Railroad Administration’s Ronald Batory, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Heidi King and assistant secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the Office of the Secretary of Transportation Joel Szabat.

FMCSA recently delayed the release of a proposed rule on hours of service originally scheduled for June 7. The delay was caused due to a series of policy questions from the Office of Management and Budget at the White House, Martinez explained in a recent interview. Speaking with Transport Topics this month, the FMCSA chief said, “We’ll turn it around as fast as possible once OMB finishes its review.”


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