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.

FMCSA hands down EOBR rule
Coming in just under a court-imposed deadline of Jan. 31, 2011, the Dept. of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled its long-awaited electronic onboard recorder (EOBR) rule this morning
Truckers beware: More snow heading for the East
While many people along the Eastern seaboard are growing quite tired of snow, there may be plenty more coming in the next few weeks if an short-range forecast proves correct. And that is not good news for the trucking industry-- or the consumers who rely on trucks to bring virtually everything they need to market
HOS comments rolling in to FMCSA 1
The comments are rolling in on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest proposed Hours of Service (HOS) rules, which were published in the Dec. 29, 2010, Federal Register
Volvo Trucks leads first successful “platooning” test
Volvo Trucks has successfully completed a first test of a new road-safety concept called “vehicle platooning” at its proving grounds in Gothenburg, Sweden. The demonstration is part of the European Union-financed SARTRE project
China out front with EVs, but U.S. coming up fast with many alternative-fuel solutions
China is winning the war when it comes to electric vehicles (EV), according to a new report from Accenture. But EVs are not the only alternative-fuel technology being developed—and the U.S. is investing in numerous such technologies, including electric vehicles
ATA: FMCSA ignoring real-world data on HOS
The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) has continued its criticism of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s proposed hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, released publicly on Dec. 23, 2010
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
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