Martinez, appointed in September by the President Donald Trump to run the FMSCA, informed during a panel with Senators, that he has no plans to postpone the date of the ELD mandate compliance, on December 18.
On the other hand, Martinez exposed his disposition to inspect the effects of the rule to small and independent business truck drivers, especially those related in the agriculture industry. He said he would like to meet the rule´s opponents to find out more about their preoccupations.
During the panel, Senator Ted Cruz firstly exposed the high estimative cost for the industry to comply with the ELD mandate ($2 billion) then, asked if Martinez would contemplate the option of delaying the ELDs compliance deadline. And Martinez said that this regulatory reform needs to be a continuous process and the electronic logging devices are legally required sufficiently ahead the mandate’s deadline in December.
Martinez, who has an extensive career related to motor vehicles, such as being the responsible for the New Jersey’s Motor commission, said during this panel that the FMSCA’s goal it’s to make the roadways a safer place and not paralyze the commerce. He also informed his intention for making the FMSCA’s more data driven for evaluating and making the adequate changes in the Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program.