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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Heavy rains, flooding continue to plague Texas, Oklahoma roadways

Days of widespread and heavy rains have left the Texas and Oklahoma areas ravaged with road closures and infrastructure concerns to address after the series of weather systems, being funneled into the area by a dipping jet stream, leave the states later this week.

According to a spokesperson for the Texas Dept. of Transportation (TxDOT), there are no major bridge or infrastructure concerns as of this morning, but there are numerous road closures in the state, many of those are centered in the lower half of the state near the Houston area.

Texas flooding hampers travel

Severe weather in the Texas and Oklahoma areas over the past several days have left many roads closed and cities and towns with infrastructure damage to assess. Forecasters say the severe weather outbreak could last into the weekend.

DTNA investigating possible vehicles affected by Takata airbag recall

The massive airbag recall agreed to by maker Takata under pressure from the federal government may have a connection to the trucking industry as Daimler Trucks North America told Fleet Owner it may be impacted.

Your May 13 Pre-Trip: Morningstar lowers credit rating of Navistar

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Your May 12 Pre-Trip: Ford’s F-150 dinged by recall

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Plan to succeed 

Many fleets seek alternative fuel vehicles as a way to reduce fuel cost and improve their environmental footprint. And while that is true, what they don’t consider is the added costs related to alternative fuel vehicles. In the case of natural gas power, those added costs can include upgrades to maintenance facilities, the cost to both add and maintain infrastructure such as fueling stations, and even costs related to vehicle maintenance.

NPTC inducts Driver Hall of Fame class, hands out annual safety awards

CINCINNATI. Among the many productive educational sessions and speakers the National Private Truck Council brings to its 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition, there are also plenty of awards to be handed out.

ACT’s Vieth: Private fleets well positioned for success

CINCINNATI. In a wide-ranging speech that touched on a number of topics, Kenny Vieth, president of ACT Research, wrapped up the proceedings at the National Private Truck Council’s 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition here with an overall look at how well positioned private fleets are going forward.

SmartDrive delivers new Promise, announces fleet adoption

CINCINNATI. A recent deployment of the SmartDrive video-based safety program by Mid South Baking Company has significantly improved its safety profile, according to SmartDrive Systems, which released the news this week at the National Private Truck Council’s 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition here.

The company also announced results of a customer scorecard and its new SmartDrive Promise.

Fleets miss opportunities by not understanding younger generations

CINCINNATI. Fleets, and most businesses for that matter, have struggled for years integrating younger workers into the workforce. Either they can’t find enough of them to replace retiring Baby Boomers, or they don’t stay onboard. That is particularly true for truck drivers, which the industry is facing a serious shortage of to the tune of some 35,000 or so.

FMCSA safety chief says agency unsure of how to handle crash accountability

CINCINNATI. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) chief safety officer acknowledged that there is some data to indicate that using previous crashes as an indicator of future crashes is not necessarily statistically true, but “we don’t know how to manage this. That’s what we’re looking at.”

Fatigued and drowsy driving technology from Seeing Machines makes its debut

CINCINNATI. An Australian-based company is trying its hand at the North American market with a new fatigue monitoring system. Seeing Machines is at the National Private Truck Council’s 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition this week showing its new product, which includes eye-motion detection technology, in-cab warnings and dashboard reporting.

PacLease “value spec” generating plenty of customer interest

CINCINNATI. The “value spec” offering from Paccar Leasing (PacLease) is receiving praise from customers, said the leasing firm, as it tries to provide customers with the right vehicle mix in its 35th year.

The company, which provides leasing for both Kenworth and Peterbilt vehicles, has a Peterbilt 330 truck on display this week at National Private Truck Council’s 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition here at the Duke Energy Center Convention Center.

Omnitracs launches website dedicated to ELD facts

CINCINNATI. Omnitracs officially launched a new website today devoted to electronic logging devices (ELDs) and the upcoming ELD regulation, expected out this fall. The announcement was made at the National Private Truck Council’s 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition here at the Duke Energy Center Convention Center.

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