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Articles by Matt Cole

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

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, ...
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Winter storm slams East Coast, states suspend hours regs for some drivers

Governors in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New York and New Jersey have issued emergency declarations for all or portions of their respective states, triggering ...

OOIDA’s petition for ELD exemption for small carriers open for comment

OOIDA has asked FMCSA to exempt small businesses who have no at-fault crashes on their record and who have a “Satisfactory” or “Conditional” from the ...

Diesel prices start 2018 near $3 a gallon mark

The country's average diesel price starts 2018 near the $3 a gallon mark, putting diesel at its highest point in nearly three years. Diesel last ...

Cargo theft threat to rise during holiday week, firms warn

CargoNet’s research indicates cargo thefts have been most common in the last five years in Texas, California, Georgia, Florida and New Jersey. Additionally, food and ...

Diesel prices remain flat leading up to holidays

The average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel now stands at $2.901, down nine-tenths of a cent from last week. During the most recent ...

Operation Safe Driver Week results in nearly 39,000 warnings, citations for truckers

During the week, officers issued a total of 59,193 warnings and citations to both commercial and passenger vehicle drivers for unsafe driving behaviors, including state ...

More than 400,000 Freightliner, Western Star trucks recalled

DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.

National average diesel price hangs nears $3 a gallon

Following a 1.2-cent decrease during the week ending Dec. 11, the national average for a gallon of on-highway diesel is $2.91. Prices dropped in all ...

FMCSA shuts down Kentucky-licensed trucker after drug OD led to crash

According to FMCSA, Kinmon was driving west on I-74 when his truck slowed down to a stop and began rolling backwards. The truck rolled into ...

ATA looking to block implementation of Rhode Island’s trucks-only toll plan

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said the group “will exhaust every legislative, regulatory and legal avenue to defeat the implementation of the tolling portion ...