The new FMCSA Administrator was sworn in on Wednesday. The very next day he gave a speech in which he declared that, under his leadership, the agency will take a “flexible regulatory approach” when it comes to the development of autonomous driving technologies.
Raymond P. Martinez received Senate confirmation on his new post on February 13th, but wasn’t sworn in until this past Wednesday. During the DOT’s public listening summit on automated vehicle policy on Thursday, Martinez laid out the Administration’s stance on autonomous commercial vehicles.
According to Fleetowner, Martinez said that the FMCSA’s job is to “ensure automated vehicles are tested, developed, and deployed safely.” But Martinez also claimed that the Administration is prepared to change or repeal any regulations which would be a hinderance to the development of the new technology. According to Martinez, the FMCSA will be “embracing a future” where autonomous trucks improve safety and stimulate the economy.
This stance is consistent with his boss, DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, who said during a speech to AASHTO that “we are in the midst of a transportation transformation and the future is already here.”
Martinez has previously served as the chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and as the commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.