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Articles by Matt Cole

Matt Cole is an Associate Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at mattcole@randallreilly.com.

FMCSA grants log-keeping exemption to intermodal fleet

FMCSA says Rail Delivery Services drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius are exempt from keeping daily logs as long as their hours are ...

DOT adds four prevalent opioids to driver drug screening panel

New drugs that drivers will be tested for include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone. The drugs are usually taken as pills. According to the CDC, opioid ...

Michigan State Police begin roadside drug testing pilot program

The test can determine the presence of Schedule 1-5 controlled substances, much like a breathalyzer detects alcohol. MSP says refusal to submit to the test ...

Cargo thefts up in third quarter

The most-stolen products during the quarter were building and industrial products, accounting for 19 percent of total thefts in the quarter with an average loss ...

‘Energy emergency’ in Wisconsin prompts HOS suspension for propane haulers

Carriers and drivers “in the process of obtaining and transporting propane” are eligible to operate under the hours suspension on all highways in Wisconsin, including ...
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Inspectors sidelined 22 percent of trucks inspected on Brake Safety Day

Nearly 1,700 trucks were placed out-of-service for brake-related and other violations during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day on Sept. 7.

California fuel tax hike contributes to 6.3-cent nationwide diesel price increase

The DOE reports fuel prices in California far exceeded the 20-cent tax hike, increasing by 35.6 cents during the week. California’s dramatic increase, tied in ...

2.5 million fire extinguishers sold in commercial trucks recalled

NHTSA says Kidde will notify vehicle manufacturers that equipped new vehicles with the affected extinguishers, and those manufacturers will issue recalls to notify owners. Kidde ...

NTSB: Sleep apnea, fatigue and regulators to blame in deadly 2016 truck-bus crash

The truck-bus crash occurred on I-10 westbound on Oct. 23 when a bus carrying 42 passengers struck the back of a stopped 18-wheeler at highway ...

Diesel prices jump to highest point since mid-2015

The nation’s average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.819, the highest since the week ending July 6, 2015, when prices were ...

Nearly 100 trailers recalled for possible axle, suspension issue

Great Dane is recalling approximately 90 of its model year 2018 Everest reefer trailers, while only two Trail King Fifth-Wheel Live Bottom belt trailers are ...

More associations, fleets seeking relief from ELD mandate

Exemption requests from the electronic logging device mandate have been filed by the Motion Picture Association of America, the Western Equipment Dealers Association, the National ...

Diesel prices remain in holding pattern

The nation's average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.797, the highest price since the week ending Sept. 11.

Freightliner recalls certain 2017-2018 Cascadia tractors

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling approximately 138 Freightliner Cascadia trucks due to a potential steering issue.

C.R. England gets waiver extension for pre-CDL drivers

C.R. England drivers who have passed the CDL skills test but not yet returned to their home state to obtain their CDL can continue to ...