Raymond Martinez took over March 1 as the sixth administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, vowing to work with government and industry groups to curb traffic crashes involving commercial trucks and buses on the nation's roads.
"It's an honor and privilege to serve my fellow Americans in this capacity," he said at his swearing-in ceremony, adding that "I look forward to working with all commercial vehicle stakeholders to effectively reduce the number of truck and bus crashes on our nation's roads." said Martinez.
Martinez most recently was chairman and chief administrator for eight years at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, the FMCSA said, "where he oversaw the agency's 2,500 employees and a $330 million annual operating budget with more than $1 billion in annual revenue."
The announcement said Martinez had advised the governor and state legislature on all areas of motor vehicle transportation and traffic safety. And he was responsible for prioritizing projects and for developing that agency's regulatory and legislative agenda.
He is also a former commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the announcement said, and had worked at the U.S. State Department.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who swore him in the FMCSA post, said: "Ray's years of experience promoting traffic safety at the state level, as well as his knowledge of the commercial motor vehicle industry, will help FMCSA fulfill its critical mission of improving truck and bus safety."
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