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.

Groups opposing heavier trucks have their say

Opposition is ramping up its efforts to block efforts to boost the federal weight limit on Interstate highways to 91,000 lbs.

Battle of the brands 

As major tire manufacturers reintroduce once-prominent brands in the quest to gain market share, compete with offshore entities, and meet fleet needs for both cost-efficient and fuel-efficient tires, fleets have more choices than ever before, but is that a good development?

GO propane, GO green 

For anyone who spends time getting to and from Chicago area airports, there is a chance you have been transported at some point by GO Airport Express. Founded in 1853 as a carriage service between train lines, the company now provides transportation services at O’Hare and Midway Airports.

GO Airport Express is now part of a large network of transportation providers offering services to more than 100 airports worldwide. In Chicago, the company operates 120 vehicles, making many short runs from the airports to downtown hotels in the Windy City.

The future of fuel economy: Taking the next step  1

Back in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency kicked off the first steps of its long-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial vehicles. Phase 1 of the greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards were for model-year 2014-2018 vehicles. The California Air Resources Board estimated the first phase would save $8.5 billion in fuel costs and 5 billion gals. of diesel fuel nationally by 2020.

The future of fuel economy: Finding an edge 

The inclusion of trailers in the next round of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards jointly announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is adding a layer of complexity for everyone involved in meeting the new standards.

And that includes fleet executives, who will be responsible for finding the money to pay for equipment and, quite possibly, new technologies needed to meet the Phase 2 standards, which will generally result in a 24% reduction in carbon dioxide and fuel consumption of tractor-trailers.

“The trucks are killing us.” Not so, says ATA’s Bill Graves 1

Responding to what it said is the “latest in a series of baseless and defamatory editorials, letters and columns published by” The New York Times on Saturday, Aug. 22, American Trucking Assns. (ATA) President & CEO Bill Graves lashed out at “several falsehoods, both implied and intentional” in an op-ed submitted to the Times.

9 slides to explain truck lightweighting

Trucking Efficiency, the joint venture between the Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency just released its latest Confidence Report, this one on truck lightweighting.

This slideshow features 9 slides that highlight key areas of the report. More on the areas, in addition to access to the full report can be found by here.

Lighter is better, but why aren’t fleets taking advantage?

Lightweighting technologies offer a significant chance to reduce fuel usage and boost payload capacity for fleets, but few fleets are actually taking full advantage of the opportunities, according to a new Confidence Report from Trucking Efficiency.

Opponents: Cut short efforts to use hair for drug tests

A diverse group of organizations, including the ACLU, Teamsters and United Steelworkers, have written a letter to members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure opposing the inclusion of hair testing in any surface transportation bill.

In the letter, the group of 17 note that Congress is obligated, under the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991, to require the Dept. of Transportation to follow drug and alcohol testing protocols adopted by the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Kwik Trip convenience store
A convenient fuel choice 

With more than 18 million mi. of real-world experience and a built-in infrastructure that helped it quickly grow its natural gas fleet, Convenience Transportation, the wholly owned transportation subsidiary of the family-owned Kwik Trip convenience store chain, has been reaping benefits from the alternative fuel since 2012.

Your move, Ram 

Now that General Motors is re-entering the medium-duty cabover work truck market and Ford is offering a tractor version of its F-750, how much longer will Ram, backed by its Fiat parent, sit on the sidelines?

Setting a standard 

Sometimes, the best path to fuel efficiency is picking the right truck. National Carriers, a coast-to-coast fleet hauling refrigerated goods and livestock and offering logistics services, has found that to be the case.

Two years ago, the company began converting its fleet of 670 tractors (70% company owned) to Kenworth’s T680 tractor with a 76-in. sleeper. Now the standard truck for National Carriers, which calls itself the “Elite Fleet,” the driver-friendly, aerodynamic trucks purchased through MHC Kenworth–Dallas are already paying dividends.

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