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.

Mexican truck proposal back on the table
Following through on a promise made by President Barack Obama in early 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made available a “concept document” that outlines parameters under which Mexican trucking companies could gain full operational authority within the U.S
Pay-as-you-go tracking
There are plenty of software packages on the market today to help carriers settle delivery disputes or allow for the tracking of their drivers and vehicles
N.Y. judge strikes down retrofit ruling
Contractors and sub-contractors that have had the expensive prospect of retrofitting emission-control devices on their trucks have been granted a reprieve, thanks to a ruling by a New York State Supreme Court judge
Road work
As everyone settles into a new year, a big change is taking place in Washington, D.C., and it could have a significant impact on transportation and the
The digital age
From a single-truck operation to something just a little more 20 years later, McMahon Transport Group has used some good, old-fashioned American ingenuity
The nation's best
Education, communication, and a good sense of what you are doing all played a role in the City of Seattle being named the top Government Green Fleet for
China truck demand drops
After hitting record levels in the second quarter of 2010, sales of heavy-duty commercial vehicles in China dropped 36% in the third quarter, according to ACT Research Co
Proposed rule may put highway funds at risk
Funding for highway projects could be in jeopardy if rules governing procedures for the 112th Congress are adopted as proposed
Highway bill still stuck in neutral
A big change is taking place in Washington, D.C., and it could have a significant impact on transportation and the trucking industry in this country
Maine 100,000-lb truck pilot program forced to end
A pilot program that has allowed 100,000-lb., six-axle trucks on Maine Interstates for the past year will come to an end at the end of next Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. The program, which the Maine Dept. of Transportation and the Maine Motor Transport Assn
GPS use seen as exploding in Latin America
A new report suggests that the number of vehicles with subscription-based tracking solutions will more than double in the next four years in Latin America. Brazil, in particular, will see significant growth thanks to a new regulation, referred to as Contran 245, which will require GPS tracking devices in all vehicles sold there
Running very wise
The city of Hialeah, FL, is affectionately nicknamed the City of Progress, and Mayor Julio Robaina wants to keep it that way. Among his many goals, Robaina
Driver pay class-action suit against Swift certified by court
A Maricopa (AZ) County Superior Court judge has certified a class-action lawsuit alleging that Swift Transportation underpaid drivers for several years. And an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the case told Fleet Owner the practice may still be going on
Truck fleets should avoid London and Paris traffic congestion
Any fleet with freight to move in Europe, would be well advised to avoid London and Paris. That’s one of the conclusions drawn from a study of European traffic congestion by Inrix, a provider of traffic services
Navistar’s Ustian: The 13L truck engine will reign
HUNTSVILLE, AL. Navistar president & CEO Dan Ustian believes trucking will move away from 15-liter engines in many cases in favor of more fuel efficient, less costly 13-liter engines. Ustian made his comments during a press briefing here at the company’s Engine Group facility
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