FMCSA

No more ‘catching up the logbook’ with ELDs, a paradigm shift that raises numerous issues

A panel of drivers at the August Great American Trucking Show illustrated that the seemingly simple change brings with it a raft of complications, from new administrative and operational burdens placed on drivers and carrier dispatch to the pressing need for shipper/receiver customers' appreciation of the new dynamics.

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FMCSA floats plan to reduce carrier registration fees for 2018, 2019

The reduction, FMCSA says, will range from approximately $7 to $6,700 per entity in 2018, and from approximately $3 to $3,400 in 2019, depending on the number of vehicles owned by the affected carriers.

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Hours regs suspended in seven states ahead of Hurricane Irma landfall

A Regional Emergency Declaration issued by USDOT suspends hours regulations for drivers and carriers providing "direct assistance" to areas affected by Hurricane Irma, which is expected to make landfall in south Florida early Sunday morning.

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Pacific Northwest wildfires prompt HOS suspensions, highway closures

Oregon and Washington have issued emergency declarations, suspending hours of service regulations for some truckers providing emergency relief and hauling supplies to the states due to wildfires. Several highways, including a section of I-84, have been closed because of the fires.

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Truckers can participate in meeting Friday on future of CSA

Friday’s meeting will allow the public to offer input to be considered by FMCSA in the development and implementation of an action plan to address CSA's deficiencies outlined in National Academies of Sciences report. Registration is required for online or in-person attendance.

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States object to OOIDA’s assertions that they can’t enforce ELD mandate

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Questions are being raised by state officials about the validity of a recent legal petition filed by OOIDA. Several states responded to note that, as far as they were concerned, their regulatory code was fully up to date, including the ELD mandate.

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OOIDA petitions FMCSA to withhold federal funding from 20 states for enforcement, including ELDs

The petition singles out 26 states that haven't as yet adopted the ELD mandate, while 20 of those are out of compliance with fed regs adoption rules in general, OOIDA says. The MCSAP program granted more than $65 million in funding to those 20 states last year.

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Unprecedented rainfall, flooding shut down major interstates, highways in southeast Texas

Parts of Houston and southeast Texas have received more than 30 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Harvey since Friday, and the National Weather Service says another 15 to 25 inches could fall through the end of the week.

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ELD clarifications: Dual accounts, edits, ‘unidentified driving’

Two officials from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday addressed drivers’ questions and concerns regarding the coming electronic logging device mandate, touching on topics like record retention, the two types of ELD accounts, edits to logs and more.

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600 drivers need new medical certs after arrest of Georgia-based examiner

More than 600 truck operators have been told they need to renew their DOT medical certifications after the arrest of a Georgia-based medical examiner. Tonya Yawn-Lewis of Helena, Ga., was recently arrested by DOT investigators for allegedly issuing bogus medical certifications.

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