FMCSA Chief Ray Martinez to Speak at House Transportation Hearing

Ray Martinez
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The country’s top trucking regulator will be among the officials scheduled to update House policymakers during a hearing May 22, several individuals with knowledge of the hearing told Transport Topics.

The Highways and Transit Subcommittee will meet to review the progress on the implementation of provisions in the 2015 FAST Act highway law, aides indicated. Ray Martinez, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will be tasked with updating lawmakers about the component of the law pertaining to commercial vehicles.

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Trucking concerns, meanwhile, recently were raised by several House transportation authorizers. At a hearing with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in March, the lawmakers sought additional information about the agency’s mandate regarding electronic logging devices.

Chao acknowledged a few lawmakers from rural districts had shared their concerns about the ELD mandate in relation to livestock haulers. The secretary emphasized FMCSA had held outreach and educational sessions on the matter. Shortly after that hearing, the agency announced an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for agriculture-related transportation.

At the May hearing, lawmakers also are expected to press officials about the administration’s efforts to rebuild aspects of the country’s infrastructure. The White House unveiled a 10-year, $1.5 trillion proposal in February. Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said advancing the proposal this year was unlikely to happen.