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.

Green Fleet of the Month: Going green 

With over 6,300 Class 8 tractors and approximately 60,000 trailers located throughout the United States, the Walmart truck fleet reaches far and wide. Walmart as a company reaches much further.  That is why sustainability has become such a key goal for the company, which became the first retailer to sign on to the Science Based Targets Initiative in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015.

Fleets Online: Cost control 

Company: Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Poughkeepsie, NY

Operation: Utility provider offers electricity and gas in a 2,600-sq.-mi. area, stretching from the suburbs of New York City up to the Capital District in Albany, and operates about 1,000 pieces of equipment.

The land of uncertainty 

“One misconception is that entrepreneurs love risk. Actually, we all want things to go as we expect. What you need is a blind optimism and a tolerance for uncertainty.”

Entrepreneur Drew Houston, best known as the founder of Dropbox, a file-sharing service, uttered those words. But his words perfectly explain the environment trucking executives find themselves in 2017.   

Truck driver entry level training
FMCSA ditches minimum hours requirement in final driver training rule

New drivers to the trucking industry seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) will be required to show proficiency in both knowledge training and behind-the-wheel training on public roads under the new entry-level driver training final rule to be published tomorrow by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Fleets Online: Out of the Woods 

Company: Mistik Management Ltd., Saskatchewan, Canada

Operation: Forest management company is co-owned by NorSask Forest Products and Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp. With a fleet of 189 trucks, the company manages woodlands and hauls raw materials to its parent companies’ mills for processing.

Green Fleet of the Month: The right blend

We’ve all heard the phrase “farm to table.” How about “stovetop to vehicle”? That’s the process being used by the Chicago Park District (CPD) these days. There are a few more steps in the process, of course, but 56 units in the department’s fleet of 550 vehicles are using a biodiesel blend up to B50 (50% biodiesel) made from used cooking oil.

A salute to tow truck operators 2

Many states have “move over” laws, requiring motorists to slow down and change lanes if possible to ensure the safety of roadside emergency workers. A growing number of states are adding tow truck operators to that law – but not all.

Meritor Tire Inflation System by P.S.I.: Built from the ground up

Last week, Pressure Systems International, makers of the Meritor Tire Inflation System by P.S.I., hosted about 100 customers at its new production facility in San Antonio, TX, as part of its Fleet Technology Event. Just opened in August, the facility is approximately twice the size of the previous P.S.I. facility, and also houses corporate offices.

Plasma and the next-generation of trailer aerodynamics

SAN ANTONIO. With a July announcement that it was investing in new aerodynamic technology being developed by Plasma Stream Technologies, Tim Musgrave and the Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) team began a new chapter for the company.

It’s time for an 'adult conversation' on longer, heavier trucks 1

SAN ANTONIO. One of the biggest hot-button issues in the trucking industry in recent years has been efforts to move legislation through Congress that would authorize longer and/or heavier trucks.

U.S. Capitol
Former ATA head Bill Graves tackles politics and the challenges facing trucking 2

SAN ANTONIO. No longer feeling the need to toe the company line, former American Trucking Assns. (ATA) President and CEO Bill Graves offered some of his thoughts on politics and what the trucking industry needs to do moving forward to customers of Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) during the Meritor and Pressure Systems International 2016 Annual Fleet Technology Event here on Wednesday.

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