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.

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2016 Vehicle Graphics Awards

Thirty years ago, trucks and trailers rolled down American highways with their name on the side—if even that. Today, that is no longer the case as fleets of all sizes are taking advantage of that prime real estate on their vehicles. It doesn’t matter if the graphic incorporates the entire tractor-trailer, just a trailer or truck, or just a small portion of one side of the vehicle. The available space on a vehicle is an opportunity to advertise your products, services, or maybe even a public service message.

Green Fleet of the Year: NYC Fleet 

From the city that never sleeps comes sustainability that never rests. New York City, long one of the nation’s leaders when it comes to fleet sustainability efforts, is pushing the envelope on its green fleet efforts further than ever before.

The New York City Fleet (NYC Fleet), though, is not one operation. It is not a collection of refuse trucks that adopt natural gas fueling. It is not just a municipal police force running hybrid technologies. And it is not only a heavy-duty truck fleet filling up on biodiesel. It is all of these … and so much more.

HOS compliance device offers plug-in capabilities

LOUISVILLE. To help fleets comply with new federal electronic logging device mandates, Rand McNally has introduced a plug-and-play device to handle the recording of drive time. The announcement was made here at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The ELD 50 is designed to provide an easy-to-install, low-cost device for fleets and drivers. It works with any Android tablet, Android smartphone and Rand McNally’s navigation tablets and provides hours of service and driver vehicle inspection report compliance.

Trail King adds integrated solution for agricultural market

LOUISVILLE. The acquisition last year of Dakota Trailer Manufacturing has given Trail King entry into a market it had not previously served, but one that numerous customers were requesting, said Rick Farris, vice president-sales & marketing during a press conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.

Dakota produced grain trailers in its Yankton, SD, facility. With that portfolio in its hands, Trail King has integrated that firm into the Trail King brand its first new trailer is an integrated conveyor and hopper trailer.

The Connected Truck: We’ve only reached the tip of the iceberg

LOUISVILLE, KY. For those who believe that connected vehicles are still many years away, panelists on Fleet Owner’s The Connected Truck panel at today’s Fleet Forum ahead of the Mid-America Trucking Show disputed that notion.

Truck orders, sales in adjustment period

LOUISVILLE, KY. After a robust showing in 2015, truck orders and sales have taken a bit of a hit so far in 2016. Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, told attendees at the Fleet Forum on Wednesday at the Kentucky Exposition Center ahead of the Mid-America Trucking Show, that the dip is not too concerning at the moment.

“[Orders] are relatively weak,” he said. “They have been down at the lowest levels we’ve seen since 2012, but we are still in replacement [mode].”

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