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Articles by Matt Cole

Matt Cole is an Associate Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at

NHTSA report shows increase in truck-related fatalities in 2015

Overall, NHTSA found a 7.7 percent increase in traffic deaths during 2015. An estimated 35,200 people died on U.S. roadways in 2015, up from the ...

Fuel prices dip slightly during holiday week

The average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel now stands at $2.423, a drop of three-tenths of a cent from the previous week.

FMCSA grants hours exemption to fireworks haulers

The exemption allows the companies to extend the 14-hour on-duty window by excluding mid-period off-duty or sleeper-berth time of any length.

Cargo theft firms issue warnings ahead of July 4 weekend

CargoNet said between July 2 and July 9 from 2012 to 2015, truckloads of non-alcoholic beverages, major appliances and copper were some of the most ...

Caterpillar settles engine lawsuit for $60M to ACERT owners

The $60 million settlement offers payments to current and former owners and lessees of trucks with the engines. Settlement payments can range from $500 to ...

Lower viscosity engine oils improve fuel savings, NACFE says

Fleets that switch to lower viscosity engine oils can increase fuel savings by as much as 1.5 percent, according to a new Confidence Report from ...

Military vets with driving experience get full year to waive CDL skills test

Military veterans looking to transition into commercial driving after their service now have up to a year after leaving the military to waive the CDL ...
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FMCSA adjusts fines for violations based on inflation

Some fines are higher than previous years, and some are lower, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made the adjustments.

Fuel prices stay even during last week

Slight changes up and down in different regions resulted in no change to the nationwide average.

Cummins recalling nearly 5,500 engines due to ECM issues

The engine control module may short out and blow a fuse, causing the engine to stall without warning.

Truck Driver Appreciation Week online store opens

Additions to the e-store for this year’s event include a neon safety shirt, a search flashlight and a backpack, all adorned with the 2016 National ...

Diesel prices drop slightly to end 10-week streak of increases

The slight drop in price snaps a 10-week streak in increasing prices across the country. The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel is ...

Window for carriers to comment on FMCSA’s new safety rating rule closes June 23

Reply comments on the FMCSA's Safety Fitness Determination proposed rule are due by the end of the day Thursday, June 23.

DOT begins audit looking into detention time at shippers, receivers

The DOT has initiated an audit to look into the effects on the trucking industry of detention time at shippers and receivers.