American Trucking Associations – and its federation partners – congratulated Ray Martinez on his confirmation as the sixth head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

“As a state safety official in both New York and New JerseyRay Martinez was a model of professionalism and fairness,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “He is an exceptional choice to lead FMCSA and now that he has been confirmed, we look forward to working with him to advance the cause of highway safety.”

“I want to congratulate Ray on his confirmation to be FMCSA Administrator. He was a true safety partner when he oversaw New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles, working with our industry to improve safety without resorting to unnecessary or burdensome regulations,” said Kendra Hems, president of the Trucking Association of New York. “Safety has always been his top priority, and I’m certain he will make a tremendous positive impact in his new role.”

“While overseeing the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Ray was a consummate professional and we were able to work together to solve problems facing the motoring public and the trucking industry,” said New Jersey Motor Truck Association Executive Director Gail Toth. “I congratulate him on his confirmation and look forward to him bringing his insight and experience as a regulator to FMCSA.”

“There are many issues facing our industry – from implementation of the electronic logging device rule to needed reforms to CSA, the hours-of-service rules and much more,” said ATA Chairman Dave Manning, president of TCW Inc. “From his work in New York and New Jersey, we trust Ray to be fair and safety-conscious in this new role as head of FMCSA. On behalf of ATA, I want to congratulate him on his confirmation and say we look forward being a partner with him and his agency to improve highway safety.”