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Articles by Matt Cole

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

Trucking groups weigh in on ELD mandate, major groups split on rule’s efficacy

Trucking industry organizations and stakeholders are commenting on the rule that will require ELDs by December 2017, with some offering favorable feedback and others questioning ...

Diesel prices drop 4.1 cents in most recent week

Another significant drop in national fuel prices has the U.S.’ average price of diesel down to $2.338 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s ...

FMCSA ranks in top third of government agencies to work for

Of 14 categories used to rank the agency, FMCSA’s highest ranking came in the “employee skills-mission match” category at 35th. FMCSA’s worst category ranking was ...

FMCSA proposes seat belt law for truck passengers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to require passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles to use seat belts on public roads.

Crime report: Two more sentenced in N.Y. CDL scheme, FMCSA drug tester debarred

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently announced court activity in four trucking-related crime investigations. Here’s a summary of what happened with each:

Country’s diesel price hits lowest point since June 2009

Diesel prices continued to drop this week, falling below the $2.40 mark for the first time since June 1, 2009.

Industry supports goals, questions strategies of proposed Phase 2 emissions and fuel economy regulations

The proposal yielded hundreds of thousands of comments, with trucking industry stakeholders mostly saying they agree with the purpose of the regs, but see flaws ...

FMCSA continuing to allow lane departure, collision mitigation cameras to be mounted lower on windshield

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has renewed an exemption that allows carriers to mount lane departure warning systems and collision mitigation cameras lower on ...

FMCSA says ‘no’ to carrier’s request to use cameras instead of mirrors

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied an exemption request from Atwood Forest Products to allow the company to use camera systems at the ...

House overwhelmingly passes joint long-term highway bill

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the five-year, $305 billion highway-funding bill that was agreed upon by a conference committee Dec. 1.

Trucking groups mostly happy with FAST Act highway bill

Stakeholders in the trucking industry weighed in Tuesday after a Congressional conference announced a five-year unified highway bill, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Minor change to DOT physical form to take effect this month, more changes to system coming

One part of a Final Rule published in April that made changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical examination regulations will take effect ...

U.S. diesel average down again

Diesel prices across the United States dropped an average of 2.4 cents during the week ending Nov. 30, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly ...

Carrier asks FMCSA to allow third parties to obtain driver medical certification from states

Atlantic and Pacific Freightways has applied for an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulation requiring carriers to obtain updated motor vehicle records ...

Oregon DOT seeks exemption from commercial learner’s permit six-month renewal rule

The Oregon Department of Transportation has requested an exemption from a portion of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s commercial learner’s permit requirement.