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Articles by Matt Cole

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

FMCSA to allow drivers using phone-based ELDs to change duty status away from vehicle

FMCSA will, at least for five years, allow drivers using mobile device-based ELDs (those run on a phone or tablet) to change duty status outside ...

Diesel prices remain flat

With the latest increase in prices, the average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel in the U.S. is now $2.787. Prices have remained within ...

Fleet involved in deadly human smuggling operation issued shutdown order

Pyle Transportation was previously operating under a “conditional” safety rating due to prior violations. After FMCSA conducted the compliance review, the company’s rating was downgraded ...

Northern California wildfires prompt HOS suspensions for certain truckers

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency for several counties in the state because of multiple fires that have claimed lives, damaged ...

Diesel prices dip slightly in most recent week

The U.S.’ average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.776. Prices have fluctuated between $2.75 and $2.80 per gallon since the end ...

ELD exemption granted for short-term truck rentals

FMCSA says the having the exemption apply to rentals of eight days or fewer “would give most carriers sufficient time to repair or replace their ...

Dana steer axle recall extends to nearly 19,000 Kenworth, Peterbilt, International tractors

The recall affects trucks equipped with certain Dana D-Series and E-Series steer axles. NHTSA documents state that drivers of affected trucks would notice an audible ...

Volvo, Mack, Autocar recalling more than 1,000 trucks for potential steer axle issue

A potential problem in Dana D-Series and E-Series steer axles that could result in a complete loss of steering prompted Mack, Volvo and Autocar to ...

Fuel hauling group seeks reprieve from 30-minute break requirement for some drivers

The exemption requested by the National Tank Truck Carriers would allow drivers hauling petroleum-based fuels to use 30 minutes of time attending the load to ...

DOT eyes changes to auto hauler definition

Defining the high-mount combination as an automobile transporter would trigger the use of the same length allowances that currently apply to a traditional automobile transporter.

Diesel prices hover around $2.80 a gallon

The U.S.’ average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.792, which is four-tenths of a cent higher than the previous week. Fuel ...

FMCSA’s ELD compliance education tour to make stop at Virginia truck stop

The ELD Implementation National Tour event will provide ELD transition information to truckers in attendance and coincides with the truck stop’s “Driver Appreciation Days” on Thursday and ...

Trucker indicted for role in deadly smuggling operation, will not face death penalty

If convicted, Bradley faces life in prison on the conspiracy and transportation resulting in death charges; 20 years for the conspiracy and transportation resulting in ...

Diesel prices mostly unchanged in recent week

While prices fell in most regions, the Rocky Mountain region experienced a 1.9-cent jump during the week. The Central Atlantic region and California also saw ...

FMCSA looking to lower carrier registration fees for at least next two years

In its proposal, the agency says for the 2018 registration year, beginning Oct. 1, 2017, registration fees would be reduced below the current level by ...