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Articles by Matt Cole

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

Diesel prices tick up above $3 per gallon

For the first time in three years, the national average price for a gallon of diesel fuel topped $3 this month.

FMCSA extends comment periods on hours changes for ag haulers, personal conveyance guidance

FMCSA has extended the comment period for its proposal to expand ag haulers’ hours of service exemption, along with its proposal to slightly alter personal ...

I-10, other major interstates remain closed in Louisiana from winter storm

A number of interstates are closed in Louisiana, including a large section of I-10 from LaFayette to Slidell. Other interstates impacted by ice in Louisiana ...

Recalls issued for 1,200 Pete, KW tractors over transmission issue

According to NHTSA documents, Paccar is recalling approximately 1,222 model year 2018 Kenworth T680 and T800 and Peterbilt 567 and 579 tractors equipped with certain ...

Diesel prices up again, ProMiles reports

The Department of Energy’s fuel report wasn’t available Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but if its numbers reflect ProMiles’ numbers, the ...
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Eaton Cummins recalling certain Endurant, Paccar transmissions

More than 1,300 transmissions that may allow the engine to crank while the shifter is not in neutral are being recalled by Eaton Cummins, the ...

Truckers, other transportation workers lead nation in on-job fatalities

According to BLS figures, 786 truck drivers were killed on the job in 2016. That’s 78 percent of the 1,012 motor vehicle operator fatalities reported ...

Stevens Transport to pay $54,000 to driver to settle equal opportunity employment lawsuit

In the original lawsuit filed in December 2016, EEOC claimed Stevens wrongfully denied employment to Brian Brown, a U.S. Air Force veteran, because of the ...
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Propane fleet, tow truck drivers seek ELD exemptions

The Towing and Recovery Association of America is seeking an exemption from the ELD mandate on behalf of tow truck drivers, along with 75-truck fleet ...

Military vets can now use VA examiners for CDL med cert

A bill signed into law this week by President Donald Trump makes it easier for active-duty military, reservists and veterans to obtain commercial driver’s licenses ...

Winter weather contributes to uptick in diesel prices

During the most recent week, prices rose in all regions except the Rocky Mountain region, which saw a seven-tenths of a cent decrease. The most ...

Change in securement protocol sought by ATA on behalf of certain ag haulers

ATA’s Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference is petitioning FMCSA for an exemption from securement regulations to allow certain agriculture commodities haulers to secure loads differently ...

Nearly 28,000 Freightliner, Western Star trucks recalled for fire extinguisher, brake caliper issues

Daimler has recalled nearly 25,000 trucks as a result of a fire extinguisher recall issued in November, along with approximately 3,000 more trucks for a ...

Trucker shut down after two serious crashes, failed drug test

During a post-crash drug test, Robert Schefflmaer tested positive for a Schedule 1 controlled substance. The post-crash investigation also revealed Schefflmaer had multiple hours-of-service violations ...

Oilfield operators, trash haulers petition FMCSA for ELD exemption

Trash hauling and recycling fleet American Disposal Services, oilfield service fleet Cudd Energy Services, the Agricultural Retailers Association and the Association of Energy Service Companies, ...