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.

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
EOBR proposal meets with praise, scorn
The unveiling of a proposed electronic onboard recorder rule on Monday for the industry has drawn both praise and scorn in industry circles
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
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