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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Putting a global face on OEM leadership 1

While the change at the top of one truck OEM has garnered most of the headlines in the past few months, it is but one alteration of leadership in the past year that is reshaping the look of the industry’s top manufacturers.

Helping out our heroes

I am now old enough and wise enough to know the effects of war on a soldier, even though I have never been one myself. A decade of war, of seeing friends go to foreign lands, will do that to you. The lessons we, as a nation, learned from 9/11 have changed my perspective on life. Terrorism, be it foreign or domestic, in all its ugly forms is now a very real part of our lives. It is no longer something we see on the news; we now see it in our streets. The Boston Marathon attack reinforced that.

Leased solutions

Fleets considering alternative fuel vehicles face two daunting concerns right from the start: cost premiums and an understanding of what’s involved in both spec’ing and maintaining an alternative fuel vehicle. Fortunately, there are companies such as Penske Truck Rental that can demystify the entire process.

Oversized load may be cause of I-5 bridge collapse in Washington State 2

Mt. Vernon, WA. The Interstate-5 bridge spanning the Skagit River near here collapsed tonight at just after 7:00 p.m. According to local news, at least three vehicles went down with the bridge and people have been taken to local hospitals, but no deaths have been reported. I-5 traffic in both directions will be detoured around the bridge for an indefinite period.

GM to fill gap in commercial line with new Chevrolet City Express van

ORLANDO, FL. Taking a cue from its customers, Chevrolet will be filling a gap in its commercial vehicle lineup with a new small cargo van that will reach the market in the fall of 2014. The Chevrolet City Express will be based on the Nissan NV200 van but will represent the Chevrolet brand, General Motors officials said here yesterday during the GM Fleet & Commercial 2014 Product Review.

GM Fleet & Commercial 2014 Product Review

General Motors is holding its GM Fleet & Commercial 2014 Product Review for customers this week at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL. In addition to a look at the 2014 fleet lineup, GM unveiled a new small van, the Chevrolet City Express, to be available in the fall of 2014.

Propane autogas steps up in class 3

Alternative fuels have traditionally filled their individual places in the trucking world. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) seems to work best in long-haul trucking operations; compressed natural gas (CNG) in shorter-haul operations. Hydrogen fuel is finding some success in port operation. And propane autogas has been relegated primarily to light duty vehicles and school buses.

Pilot Flying J under federal investigation
FBI, IRS investigating unclaimed customer rebates
Fleets online: Service call 1

Problem:

Businesses and residents depend on heating and cooling systems to maintain comfortable work and home environments. When something goes wrong with a system, though, it doesn’t take long for the comfort level of occupants to reach a boiling point.

Green Fleet of the Year: JBS Carriers

With everything we know about fuel efficiency these days, it’s tough to find a fleet that isn’t doing something to reduce fuel usage and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Be it to boost the bottom line, to create a “greener” perception of the fleet, or just to be a better corporate citizen, most carriers are implementing some device or training technique designed to cut fuel use.

Sudden shift toward electronic log usage 1

With a potential federal mandate coming at some point in the near future, a growing number of carriers have made the switch to electronic logs, according to a survey conducted by Transport Capital Partners (TCP).

The results, released last week and compiled during the firm’s First Quarter 2013 Business Expectations Survey, found that 35% of carriers polled in February now use electronic logs, up from just 25% in May 2012.

Carriers planning capacity increases

As tonnage continues to edge higher, a new survey from Transport Capital Partners (TCP) suggests carriers are increasingly looking to increase capacity over the next year.

Green Fleet of the Month: Gas up and deliver 

When you market and deliver a product, but don’t actually use it yourself, people will ask why. That is no longer a question that executives at Linde North America have to answer. The New Jersey-based division of the Linde Group, a global gas and engineering company, has now deployed 23 liquefied natural gas (LNG) Class 8 tractors in its U.S. fleet of 625 Class 8 power units following a successful test of three vehicles last year.

EOBRs clock in

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was forced by court decision to rescind its electronic onboard recorder (EOBR) rule in 2011, it was considered a win for drivers everywhere. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) had fought the rule on the grounds that the devices, which monitor hours-of-service compliance, could be used by fleets as a tool to harass drivers, violating privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment.

Kenworth turns 90

Kenworth Truck Co. is celebrating 90 years in business in 2013. Kenworth provided this walk through memory lane. You can read more about the company’s 90 years here.

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