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.

Driver pay class-action suit against Swift certified by court
A Maricopa (AZ) County Superior Court judge has certified a class-action lawsuit alleging that Swift Transportation underpaid drivers for several years. And an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the case told Fleet Owner the practice may still be going on
Truck fleets should avoid London and Paris traffic congestion
Any fleet with freight to move in Europe, would be well advised to avoid London and Paris. That’s one of the conclusions drawn from a study of European traffic congestion by Inrix, a provider of traffic services
Navistar’s Ustian: The 13L truck engine will reign
HUNTSVILLE, AL. Navistar president & CEO Dan Ustian believes trucking will move away from 15-liter engines in many cases in favor of more fuel efficient, less costly 13-liter engines. Ustian made his comments during a press briefing here at the company’s Engine Group facility
Navistar says it has engines meeting 2010 emissions standard
HUNTSVILLE, AL. When Navistar announced it was going to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 emissions mandate with Advanced EGR technology, many said it couldn’t be done. Some said Navistar could only satisfy the EPA 2010 emissions standard of 0.2 grams of nitrates of oxide (NOx) through the use of emissions credits that allowed its engines to emit 0.5 grams of NOx
ABF files $750-million suit against Teamsters, YRC Worldwide
ABF Freight System has filed a grievance as well as a lawsuit against both the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and YRC Worldwide (YRCW) in response to a new labor deal the two parties reached ostensibly to help make YRCW viable as a transportation entity going forward
Inherent risk 1
When Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) agreed last month to settle a civil lawsuit brought by the families of eight victims killed in an Oklahoma crash
Break out of your bubble
Back in September, I attended an event at the corporate headquarters of Edible Arrangements. The company, made up of nearly 1,000 franchises around the
Fatal truck-accident suit ends with $62.7-million settlement 1
A $62.7-million settlement was reached this week in a civil court suit brought by the relatives of eight victims of a horrendous crash in Oklahoma caused by an Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) driver
Truck-tire testing proposal toughens standards
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new truck tire testing procedures for nearly 98% of all commercial tires sold in the U.S. Fleets, though, may see only minimal impact on the cost of their tires should the rule go into effect
Cleaning up
Hauling waste does not conjure up many green connotations. But more and more, waste haulers are finding ways to combat that perception by greening their
Election jitters
With less than a month to go before mid-term elections, a lot is at stake for both the trucking industry and the country as a whole. The big question
Mitsubishi Fuso unveils all-electric concept van
Mitsubishi Fuso used the recent IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany, to show off an all-electric concept van based on its popular Canter van. The Canter E-Cell van uses the same lithium-ion batteries that are used in the Vito E-Cell of Mitsubishi Fuso’s parent firm Daimler
Thermo King cites Edible Arrangements for truck smarts
WALLINGFORD, CT. When your customers expect gifts of fresh fruit arrangements to be delivered in a timely manner, refrigeration is vital. Keeping the fruit properly chilled is crucial to the end-product that Edible Arrangements delivers daily to thousands of addresses around the world
McLeod unveils new products, updates others
BIRMINGHAM. McLeod Software rolled out a bevy of new products and updates to existing programs here at its annual Users’ Conference. “Our goal with this conference and with everything we do is to help you run your businesses more effectively, serve your customers better and to compete more effectively,” Tom McLeod, president & CEO, said in his opening remarks
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
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