Raymond Martinez, President Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has no plans of delaying the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.

Martinez backs the rule by saying that the implementation of the ELD mandate will proceed as scheduled. He made the statement during his appearance before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation last month.

On Wednesday, the Senate’s Commerce Committee also voted in favor of Martinez as the head of the FMCSA.

Willing to listen to suggestions

“The goal is to not cripple commerce. The goal is to make roadways safer,” said Raymond Martinez.

He also said that he is willing to listen to reasonable suggestions on either hours of service (HOS) or ELD exemptions.

An advocate for transparency

When Martinez was asked for his comment on removing Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores from public view, Martinez described himself as an “advocate for transparency.” He added, “the data does have to be accurate in order to be effective for the consumer and to be fair to the industries regulated.”

After becoming the head of the FMCSA, Martinez said he would look into the studies made on CSA “to make appropriate changes as recommended on how best to move forward.”

He intends to make the CSA program more precise in its ability to measure the crash risk of carriers.

Also, during his appearance before the Senate committee, Martinez admitted that paper logs are “susceptible to fraudulent entries.”

With what Martinez said, an electronic logging solution is a surefire way to minimize, if not eradicate, erroneous or false entries in paper logs.

Data-driven policies

When it comes to how he would run the FMCSA, Martinez said he would implement “data-driven policies.”

“Implementation of laws and promulgating regulations should be done with the best information available, and must be viewed by stakeholders as reasonable, rational and fair.”

Martinez is the current Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC). He previously headed the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) welcomed Martinez’s appointment.

In a statement, ATA president and chief executive Chris Spear said: “Mr. Martinez is well-known to our industry from his work in New Jersey and New York, and exudes the kind of professionalism, integrity and focus on safety that FMCSA needs.”

Echoing Spear’s sentiment, Gail Toth, Executive Director of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association, said Martinez would be “an asset” at the FMCSA.

Meanwhile, three other transportation department nominees also appeared alongside Raymond Martinez.

They were Diana Furchtgott-Roth as Assistant Secretary of Transportation for esearch and technology, Bruce Landsberg as National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member, and Leon Westmoreland as Amtrak Director.

What’s next?

Martinez’s firm stance towards implementing the ELD mandate as scheduled should prompt fleets and owner-operators who have yet to transition to ELDs to start making their move right now.

With how the trucking industry is currently taking shape, the ELD mandate is all set to take effect from December 18, 2017. Therefore, you need to start looking for an FMCSA-registered ELD solution as soon as possible.

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