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Articles by Matt Cole

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

FMCSA seeking feedback on pilot program for under-21, military-trained truckers

The proposed program would allow a limited number of military-trained drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate ...

Flooding suspends hours regs in Louisiana for truckers carrying emergency and relief loads

Truckers involved in carrying emergency and relief loads in Louisiana can operate outside of hours of service rules. Details here.

DOT: Speed limiter proposal expected before month’s end

The Department of Transportation this week issued a report indicating it expects its long-awaited proposal to mandate speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks to be published ...

Diesel prices fall less than a cent during last week

The U.S.’ average for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.31 following the six-tenths of a cent decrease during the week.

Bendix trailer brake valve recall includes 9,000 more trailers

Nearly 40,000 trailers are now included in a recall stemming from an issue with Bendix SR-5 Trailer Spring Brake Valves.

ATRI, DOT working to develop program to ease congestion on major U.S. freight corridors

ATRI led the way in developing two primers for the DOT’s ICM program, which is intended “for transportation networks to realize significant improvements in the ...

Fleet owner arrested for allegedly using fleet trucks to traffic cocaine, marijuana

In a press conference Tuesday, officials said company owner Peter Truong would book legitimate loads to be picked up in California and Colorado, then hide ...

Short-haul carrier granted fleet-wide exemption from keeping logs

Instead of keeping daily logs, drivers will use an electronic logging system called Geotab to track their hours-of-service data, according to the Federal Motor Carrier ...

Diesel prices fall for sixth consecutive week

The price of a gallon of on-highway diesel dropped an average of 3.2 cents across the nation to $2.316 per gallon.

Crime roundup: Illegal hazmat transport, false overweight state permits

An overweight state permit company was charged with producing falsified permits, and a Missouri chiropractor pled guilty to submitting false medical examiner certificates.

Cargo theft incidents, values fall year-over-year, FreightWatch reports

Food and drinks represented 23 percent of total thefts during the quarter with nuts and sodas, juice, tea and water being the most targeted products ...

For-hire trucking employment gains jobs for first time since January

July's total employment figure in the for-hire trucking industry, reported by the DOL as 1.455 million, is the first jobs gain since January.

DOT warns drivers about use of e-cigarettes, vaporizers

FMCSA says the use of e-cigarettes has resulted in several incidents including explosions, serious personal injuries and fires.

Diesel prices fall to lowest point since mid-May

Diesel prices fell another 3.1 cents during the week ending Monday, Aug. 1, according to the weekly report from the Department of Energy.