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.

Articles
It’s time to declare “Zombie” truckers dead
BIRMINGHAM. While the industry struggled through the recession, “zombie” truckers became a detriment to the industry and its recovery. The term was coined by Larry Gross, president of Gross Transportation Consulting and senior consultant with FTR Consulting Group. It refers to truck operators who are not making their monthly equipment payments and thus should be bankrupt or shut down, yet remain in operation because the banks do not want to repossess their equipment when its value is minimal
Preparing for the changing regulatory environment
BIRMINGHAM. Matt Voda knows there are a lot of regulations on the table right now for trucking. He also knows that many more will come down the road. That’s why Voda, vp of product management for PeopleNet, in speaking during a session at the McLeod Software Users’ Conference here yesterday delved into the CSA 2010 and hours-of-service rules and what fleets can do to prepare for them
PC*Miler 24 certified by, integrated with McLeod Software
BIRMINGHAM. ALK Technologies, makers of the PC*Miler software, announced here at thel McLeod Software Users’ Conference that its software has been certified and successfully integrated by McLeod Software
SkyBitz partners with McLeod on tracking solution
BIRMINGHAM. An agreement between McLeod Software and SkyBitz will allow for customers using McLeod Software’s solutions to benefit from real-time information on their trailers. The agreement was announced here at the McLeod Software Users’ Conference
iPhone, Android app to provide freight tracking
BIRMINGHAM. A new application for iPhone and Android phones will allow fleets and shippers to quickly track freight and provide proof of delivery among other functions. The app was displayed by maker uFollowit here at the  McLeod Software Users’ Conference.
Sprint one-touch app aims to cut driving distraction
According to Sprint, elimination of distracted driving and improved productivity are key benefits of a new application: the Sprint NextMail Locator with Photos, created by Pacific DataVision. The app is licensed for use through any Sprint phone over the entire Sprint or Nextel networks. It is based on NextMail’s push-to-talk technology. But it goes a step further
Judge clears way for L.A. Clean Truck Program; ATA to appeal
A federal judge in Los Angeles late last week ruled that the Clean Trucks Program at the Port of Los Angeles can proceed, rejecting the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) contention that a provision in the program violates federal law.
European Commission may limit trailer heights
According to a report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in Europe, the European Commission is considering a trailer height limit of 4 meters (13 ft, 1 inch) throughout Europe. Robin Dickeson, manager-commercial vehicle affairs, said the proposal could be published next week
Tonnage up, but concerns cloud economic picture
While the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) reported a rise in its for-hire truck tonnage index in July, that’s been one of the few economic highlights this week as a new CBS News Poll reports Americans are becoming more pessimistic about the economy
Pickup truck sales bouncing back
New analysis from Edmunds.com indicates large pickup truck sales are starting to show signs of growth, regaining market share lost in the past few years. According to the organization, large truck sales garnered 12.4% of the U.S. auto market in July, jumping from just 10.8% in June
Dairy fleets put sustainability in motion with E-Smart program
For many in trucking, EPA's SmartWay is becoming a fact of life. But dairy fleets, which can run the gamut from single-truck operations to thousands of vehicles, represent just a small portion of SmartWay fleets
EU study: Fatigue only a limited factor in truck accidents
A new study commissioned by the European Commission and the International Road Transport Union claims that of 624 truck crashes studied, only 6% involved driver fatigue
[what's new in:] Reman'd electricals
Whenever you are in the market for a starter or alternator, a number of factors must be considered: cost, reliability, availability, etc. But none of
Bill introduced to empower ports in clean-truck fight
A bill just introduced in Congress would give federal approval to local cities and ports to enact their own clean-truck programs, similar to what the Port of Los Angeles has done. The idea of regulating the air around ports, though, has the port community split
CSA 2010 driving interest in truck maintenance systems
Fleet owners must bear in mind that the addition of CSA 2010 and other regulations will put more focus than ever on vehicle maintenance practices. Under CSA 2010, one of the seven BASIC categories FMCSA will review carriers on is vehicle maintenance, ranging from brakes, lights and other mechanical defects to failure to make required repairs. Part of the rules will involve documenting vehicle repair histories
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