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Articles by Matt Cole

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

Small business truckers decry one-size-fits-all approach to ELDs in House hearing on trucking regs

Representatives from the owner-operator community and small fleet segment told lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday they are not opposed to electronic logs for fleets that ...

Truck-involved highway fatalities climbed in 2016, NTSB says

There were 722 fatalities resulting from crashes involving medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016 compared to 665 in 2015.

DOT board to meet Thursday to talk 2018 carrier registration, fees

Because of the court case, the carrier registration process for the 2018 fiscal year was indefinitely delayed. FMCSA has yet to publish a rule in the Federal ...

Diesel prices continue upward trend

Diesel fuel prices continue to creep up as 2017 draws to a close as prices increased by 1.4 cents during the week ending Nov. 27, ...

FMCSA grants log-keeping exemption to intermodal fleet

FMCSA says Rail Delivery Services drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius are exempt from keeping daily logs as long as their hours are ...
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DOT adds four prevalent opioids to driver drug screening panel

New drugs that drivers will be tested for include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone. The drugs are usually taken as pills. According to the CDC, opioid ...

Michigan State Police begin roadside drug testing pilot program

The test can determine the presence of Schedule 1-5 controlled substances, much like a breathalyzer detects alcohol. MSP says refusal to submit to the test ...

Cargo thefts up in third quarter

The most-stolen products during the quarter were building and industrial products, accounting for 19 percent of total thefts in the quarter with an average loss ...

‘Energy emergency’ in Wisconsin prompts HOS suspension for propane haulers

Carriers and drivers “in the process of obtaining and transporting propane” are eligible to operate under the hours suspension on all highways in Wisconsin, including ...

Inspectors sidelined 22 percent of trucks inspected on Brake Safety Day

Nearly 1,700 trucks were placed out-of-service for brake-related and other violations during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day on Sept. 7.

California fuel tax hike contributes to 6.3-cent nationwide diesel price increase

The DOE reports fuel prices in California far exceeded the 20-cent tax hike, increasing by 35.6 cents during the week. California’s dramatic increase, tied in ...

2.5 million fire extinguishers sold in commercial trucks recalled

NHTSA says Kidde will notify vehicle manufacturers that equipped new vehicles with the affected extinguishers, and those manufacturers will issue recalls to notify owners. Kidde ...

NTSB: Sleep apnea, fatigue and regulators to blame in deadly 2016 truck-bus crash

The truck-bus crash occurred on I-10 westbound on Oct. 23 when a bus carrying 42 passengers struck the back of a stopped 18-wheeler at highway ...

Diesel prices jump to highest point since mid-2015

The nation’s average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.819, the highest since the week ending July 6, 2015, when prices were ...

Nearly 100 trailers recalled for possible axle, suspension issue

Great Dane is recalling approximately 90 of its model year 2018 Everest reefer trailers, while only two Trail King Fifth-Wheel Live Bottom belt trailers are ...