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Articles by Matt Cole

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

Blaming detention time, carrier requests exemption from keeping logs for its short haul drivers

The request would exempt Farruggio’s drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius but occasionally exceed the 12-hour limitation from having to complete a daily ...

Crime report: Fraudulent overweight state permits, illegal operation of a trucking company

An Ohio man has been charged with providing fraudulent overweight state permits, and a Massachusetts man has been charged with the illegal operation of a ...

NTSB begins finalizing report on fatal 2014 Illinois crash, findings include egregious HOS violations, falsified logs

NTSB investigators presented their findings to the full Board, which included trucker fatigue and logbook falsification, as well as “inadequacy of Federal Motor Carrier Safety ...

U.S. diesel price falls for 13th straight week, hovers at $2 a gallon

Diesel prices dropped for the 13th consecutive week this week, falling to $2.008 per gallon.

New LTL giant XPO suing competitor YRC, alleges carrier poached executives, company secrets; YRC calls claims ‘meritless’

XPO Logistics, who recently purchased Con-way Inc., is suing less-than-truckload competitor YRC Freight over the hiring of several XPO executives and, XPO accuses, stealing confidential ...
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Carriers allowed to use wireless rechargeable lights during towing, FMCSA says

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted an exemption to allow motor carriers to use rechargeable wireless temporary stop, turn and tail lights during ...

Trucking adds 1,500 jobs in January, U.S. unemployment drops slightly

January’s total employment figure in the for-hire trucking industry, reported by the DOL as 1.465 million, is just over 24,000 jobs higher than January 2015.

Diesel nears $2 a gallon

A 4-cent drop in the national average price of diesel fuel has prices sitting at $2.031 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly ...

Crime report: CDL school owner, fraudulent HHG mover sentenced to prison

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

DOT bans driver drug tester for five years

A DOT drug tester has been issued a Public Interest Exclusion order that bans trucking companies from using his services for five years.

U.S.’ average diesel price falls below $2.10 as downward trend continues

Diesel prices dropped another 4.1 cents nationwide this week, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

Views from the road: Winter storm halts trucks on major U.S. freight arteries

Winter Storm Jonas wreaked havoc on the East Coast late last week and over the weekend, bringing to a halt or shutting down several major ...

Driver health a key component of mitigating driver shortage, TCA says

The trucking industry has lost more than 150,000 drivers because of medical reasons since the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners was established in May ...

Report on 2015 cargo theft trends shows top days, top states for cargo theft occurrence

Out of a total of 881 incidents of cargo theft in 2015, the estimated total value of stolen cargo was more than $175 million, according ...

33-foot pups not dead yet, new Congressional measure would allow longer doubles

A new Congressional amendment to an already-enacted law would extend the federal maximum tandem trailer limit to 33 feet, up for the current 28-foot minimum. ...