Brian Straight

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.

Articles
O Canada! Rules change for border crossings
While the focus in recent years has been on the U.S.-Mexico border and the fight for free access to U.S. roadways for Mexican trucks, a significant change is occurring at America’s other border as well. And it’s a change that many smaller U.S.-based shippers and carriers may not be ready for
From top to bottom
Whether it's the roof of the trailer, or the wheels on the road, Tom Howard is focused on maximizing fuel efficiency for his fleet. The transportation
Age and mileage up along with sales for used trucks
As new-truck orders continue to rebound nicely in 2011, the downward pressure extended trade cycles have placed on used trucks continues to be felt throughout the market. Used-truck buyers are continuing to find higher mileage, older vehicles on the market even as sales begin to pick up
Coca-Cola deploying biomethane vehicles
A fleet of 14 biomethane vehicles will soon be roaming the streets around London, delivering the beverage of choice for so many – Coca-Cola
$150 million gives natural gas infrastructure a boost
The announcement last week that Chesapeake Energy Corp. would be investing $150 million in Clean Energy Fuels is welcomed news to natural gas supporters in this country, particularly in trucking.
Court reinstates ABF suit against YRCW, Teamsters
A $750-million lawsuit that was dismissed in April has been reinstated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis
OOIDA files suit to halt Mexican truck pilot program
Within hours of the announcement that the U.S. and Mexico had officially signed an agreement for a new cross-border trucking pilot program, opponents of the deal fired back, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA), which filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit seeking to halt the program
ALERT: U.S., Mexico sign cross-border trucking program
The U.S. and Mexico formalized a cross-border trucking program that will end more than $2 billion of tariffs on exported U.S. goods and open up U.S. roadways to approved Mexican trucks
Under review
The Dept. of Transportation (DOT), following through on an executive order from President Barack Obama, released a retrospective review and analysis of
Sound advice
When one thinks of greening a fleet, pictures of hybrid vehicles immediately come to mind. However, there are plenty of ways to make commercial fleets
Studying survivability
I opened my email one recent morning to find a press release issued jointly from the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA) and American Trucking
Aiming for MPGs: FedEx doubling EV fleet; testing composite van
Continuing its ongoing efforts to increase the overall fuel efficiency of its fleet operations, FedEx Express is adding 24 new electric vehicles (EV)to its fleet and is testing five composite vans from Isuzu and Utilimaster
Cold-chain experience shared with India 1
In an effort to both preserve its own crops and position itself as a major player in the export world, India has been working to address cold-storage issues for its fresh produce
EPA bringing SmartWay to port trucking
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a SmartWay dray-truck initiative that it says will help clean up exhaust emissions at port facilities across the country. EPA has been joined by the Coalition for Responsible Transportation and the Environmental Defense Fund in the initiative
Beating back broker fraud
Trying to get a handle on the shady world of fraudulent brokers and freight forwarders, two U.S. Congressmen have introduced a bill designed to help the industry fight back
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