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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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Trucker shut down following fatal crash, ‘egregious’ hours-of-service violations

Virginia State Police found in their investigation that Carlos Alberto Garcia had been on-duty and driving for more than 103 hours over the previous eight days at the time of the crash, with only one 10-hour off-duty period taken.

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Logging in the ELD environment: Annotations/notes section is driver’s friend when ‘weird situations’ arise, FMCSA says

ELD exemption questions, personal conveyance circumstances, yard moves, more: In "any weird situation," said FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo, "annotate it in the driver’s record would be clear if somebody asked you for it."

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The FMCSA is stealing my tricks

"That's right. I'll admit it. I've neglected to give full disclosure to George on a couple of things in the 25 years we've been together. Problem is, I always get caught, just like the FMCSA did, even though neither of us will admit what we did was slimy."

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