WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump late Monday said he would appoint Raymond Martinez of New Jersey to be administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Martinez is currently the chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and a member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission.
The appointment drew immediate praise from the head of the American Trucking Associations.
“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,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “On behalf of ATA, I congratulate him on his nomination, and urge the Senate to quickly confirm him so we can begin working together on important highway safety issues."
“As administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Mr. Martinez quickly earned a reputation for being hands-on and willing to work with the trucking industry to solve problems," said New Jersey Motor Truck Association Executive Director Gail Toth. “Martinez brings with him the experience of leading the motor vehicle agencies of both New York and New Jersey – the ‘International Gateway to the Northeast’ and his insight and experience will be an asset to the FMCSA. We look forward to working with him on a host of issues impacting the trucking industry.”
In New Jersey, Martinez manages a state agency with over $1 billion in annual revenue and an operating budget of approximately $330 million.
The agency is charged with the licensing of nearly 6 million drivers and the titling, registration, and inspection of over 6 million vehicles.
Trump noted that Martinez previously served as the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and chairman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee as well as deputy chief of staff and special counsel to the New York State attorney general. Martinez has twice served on the board of directors of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.
“As the NYSDMV Commissioner, Ray Martinez proved to be a fair regulator, working to continually improve the safety of the trucking industry without implementing unnecessary or burdensome regulations,” said Kendra Hems, president of the Trucking Association of New York. “He always made the safety of the motoring public his top priority, and I am confident that he will continue that focus as the FMCSA Administrator. I encourage the Senate to confirm his nomination and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
“ATA looks forward to Mr. Martinez’ confirmation, and to working with him on the myriad of issues facing our industry as we work together toward our mutual goal of zero highway fatalities,” said ATA First Vice Chairman Dave Manning, president of TCW Inc., Nashville, Tennessee.