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.

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.

Your June 29 Pre-Trip: Tax fight could derail highway bill

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Your June 26 Pre-Trip: Ford F-150 investigation ongoing

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2015 Fleet Owner Vehicle Graphics Awards winners 

Increasingly, carriers are using at least some of the vehicles in their fleets to honor the military men and women who unselfishly defend our borders, values and way of life. This year’s Vehicle Graphics Awards are a fine example of this as four of the eleven winners honor our brave heroes.

In addition to tribute wraps, this year’s collection of winners also display brand awareness and driver recruiting pitches.

Your June 4 Pre-Trip: Making I-70 a road to tomorrow

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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.

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