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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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.

Trucks and more from NPTC

The National Private Truck Council is holding its 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition this week at the Duke Energy Center Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Here is a random sampling of photos from some of the exhibitors in the exhibition hall.

Photos: NPTC 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition Day 1

The National Private Truck Council is holding its 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition this week at the Duke Energy Center Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. The event provides an opportunity for private fleets to share best practices and network with other industry professionals over three days. There are also several speakers who share wisdom and industry insight over the course of the event.

Kellogg’s Brad Johnston named CTP Top Graduate

CINCINNATI. Accomplishing goals and winning awards in life are sometimes the crowning moments of one’s professional career, but for Brad Johnston, the hope is that his latest achievement is just another step up the career ladder.

Transplace: Bringing shippers and carriers together in lasting relationships

CINCINNATI. Here at the National Private Truck Council’s 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition at the Duke Energy Center Convention Center, private fleet representatives are sharing best practices and networking. For a company such as Transplace, it’s that networking experience that can prove invaluable. After all, private fleets typically have freight capacity to fill on backhauls, and Transplace has freight to place on trucks.

It’s a match made in heaven.

What is an ultracapacitor and why does your truck need one?

CINCINNATI. Four years ago, Maxwell Technologies had an ultracapacitor-based engine start module (ESM) to show at trade shows and virtually no one knew what to do with them. But that is changing, as evidenced by the announcement that its ESM is now a factory-installed option on Kenworth Class 8 products.

But, four years later, many still ask, what is an ultracapacitor and why do I need one?

PeopleNet details black box technology, announces fleet deployments

CINCINNATI. Visitors to the PeopleNet booth this week at the National Private Truck Council’s 2015 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition are getting a hands-on look at some of the company’s telematics products, but they can also hear about the company’s latest creation.

A U.S. Navy Vixen tells NPTC audience to find a third way to success

CINCINNATI. If you want to make a splash with a keynote speaker, there are few ways more effective than calling upon a Vixen. Yes, the Vixen in question referred to herself that way. In fact, that was her call sign.

The move to relocate Richard Petty Motorsports

E.E. Ward Moving & Storage, based in Columbus, OH, recently relocated Richard Petty Motorsports to a new facility in Mooresville, NC. The move required several months of planning and 24 trailers to happen. E.E. Ward Moving & Storage got its start in 1881 moving items with the original horsepower – horses. The Columbus, OH-based business was founded by William S. Ward and his father John T. Ward as The Ward Transfer Line. The original company featured two horses, a wagon and two helpers. The U.S. Dept.

NPTC ready to welcome private fleets to Annual Conference

As the time for this year’s National Private Truck Council’s (NPTC) Annual Conference quickly approaches, Gary Petty, president and CEO of NPTC spent a few minutes with Fleet Owner discussin

Who knew? Hybrids still exist 

Okay, so the headline is a wee bit sensationalized. That’s the old newspaper editor in me coming out. “We have to sell papers.”  “We need better headlines.”  “We need to sensationalize.” All comments I heard over and over from our publisher, whose sole task in life seemed to be maximizing that day’s newspaper rack sales without regard to the future credibility of the paper. But I feel compelled to digress.

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