Brian Straight

Managing Editor

Brian joined Fleet Owner in May 2008 after spending nearly 14 years as sports editor and then managing editor of several daily newspapers.  He and his staff  won more than two dozen major writing and editing awards. Responsible for editing, editorial production functions and deadlines.

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Boyd Brothers suffers tornado damage
For the bulk of the transportation industry, the rash of severe storms and deadly tornadoes that roared through the south this week will have little long-lasting impact
TCi Tire Centers expands in Texas
With the official opening of two additional facilities in Texas yesterday, TCi Tire Centers is getting ready for an upswing in trucking activity and the commercial tire business
East European trailer market on rebound
A new report suggests that the recovery in the East European trailer market is underway, with 28.1% growth in heavy trailer demand in 2010 alone. The same report, prepared by the consulting firm Clear, is predicting 2011 growth to exceed 20%
Senators introduce bill to require EOBRs
Late last week, U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced legislation that would require electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) on commercial trucks. According to a release from Pryor, the devices help enforce hours-of-service regulations, and the need for a uniform standard is the driving force behind the legislation
Green Fleet of the Year; Gordon Trucking
Gordon Trucking Inc. (GTI) is not unlike thousands of carriers in the U.S. The company needed to be greener because its customers were demanding it. Shippers wanted to partner with a company that was doing all it could to be environmentally responsible
CSA and drivers
After several years of anxious waiting, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) formally unveiled its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program on Dec. 12, 2010. Known by most as CSA, the program monitors carriers, ranking them on criteria FMCSA calls BASICs (Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Categories). Carriers, though, are not the only ones that need to be concerned
Future of electric vehicle maker Modec in question
Coventry, England-based electric vehicle produce Modec has entered into “administration,” leaving the future of the English electric vehicle market in question and Navistar International’s partner on the eStar on the brink of collapse
U.S. would buy EOBRs for Mexican trucks
According to the agreement announced last week between President Barack Obama and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, any Mexican-based truck operating inside the U.S. borders would be required to install an electronic onboard recorder
Swift reaction to U.S.-Mexico truck agreement
The announcement that the U.S. and Mexico have reached agreement on a border trucking program garnered swift reaction among interested groups. Both the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA) issued strong statements opposing the deal, which was announced at a joint press conference at the White House yesterday by President Barack Obama and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon
Word of the day: cooperation
As the new Congress convened in January with a Republican-controlled House, a different tone was developing in Washington. A tone that was evident in
Emissions drop-off
After declaring back in 1993 that it wanted only clean air vehicles, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has finally
Daimler launches truck brand in India
Daimler has officially unveiled a new line of trucks for the growing commercial vehicle market in India, where the OEM hopes to cut into the large market share that Tata Motors holds in that country. The BharatBenz brand will offer a range of trucks from 6 to 49 tons, Daimler said
Diesel fuel pricing: Look to the futures 1
Fleets yet again are being hit with rising diesel fuel prices. In fact, an Ernst & Young report prepared quarterly suggests that demand for crude oil is only going to continue to rise this year, albeit at a slightly slower rate than it did in 2010
Report pitches long-term strategy to transportation
As Rep. John Mica (R-FL) gets set to focus the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on drafting a new federal highway reauthorization bill, a new report from the National Transportation Policy Project warns against short-term thinking in favor of a more comprehensive long-term outlook for the bill
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