WASHINGTON — Safety, the agency’s IT infrastructure and expanding relationships with transportation safety partners would be his three top priorities, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration administrator-designate Ray Martinez has told members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Martinez will appear before the committee Tuesday as part of the confirmation process.
It is expected that the panel will endorse his appointment and send his name to the full Senate for confirmation.
Safety must remain the agency’s top priority, Martinez said in answer to questions posed by the committee and which all nominees must answer in writing.
“Emerging technologies like highly automated or self-driving vehicles, especially large trucks, provide potential for great improvement in highway safety as well as operational efficiencies for industry stakeholders,” Martinez wrote. “However, these same emerging technologies and related safety concerns also pose challenges to the FMCSA regulatory and oversight role in its safety mission. The FMCSA must ensure appropriate, balanced regulation and seamless integration of any new and developing technologies into the existing highway safety landscape without hindering innovation.”
The FMCSA is increasingly dependent on its IT infrastructure and the use of outside vendors to accomplish its core safety mission, Martinez wrote, adding that safeguarding this infrastructure by employing stringent management and strong risk mitigation would help to endure the security, stability and sustainability of its data management and communications capability.
Entities with whom the FMCSA needed to expand and enhance its relationships include those in government as well as the private sector.
“Highway traffic safety, especially in relation to the truck and motorcoach sectors, requires extensive and continued cooperation between all of these entities, Martinez stated in his answers. “Effective regulation and continued improvement of safety in this area can only be achieved by leveraging current, valid and verifiable data from all of these sources in order to identify areas of risk and focus enforcement efforts more effectively on those identified areas.”
Martinez currently serves as chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission where he is asked by both the governor and the legislature to assess the impact of proposed legislation that is in any way related to the commission.