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.

Kenworth details lineup, including T680 and new cabovers 1

KIRKLAND, WA. During a press briefing on Friday morning at its Kirkland, WA, headquarters, Kenworth assistant general manager-sales & marketing Preston Feight announced that the company’s new T680 tractor has begun production. The tractor began rolling off the line on Monday, May 21.

Kenworth delivers first urban-duty K370 truck
Kenworth presents Coca-Cola Refreshments with first cabover model; presents T680 in special ride-and-drive event
Reaction positive to stability-control proposal

Back in 2010, Con-way Freight ordered 1,300 Freightliner tractors equipped with Meritor Wabco’s Roll Stability Control system. That order followed Con-way’s participating in a test program in 2009 in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The testing was part of the Dept.

FMCSA formally rescinds EOBR mandate

Responding to the decision handed down by the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in August 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has formally rescinded its final rule published on April 5, 2010, requiring electronic onboard recorders for carriers with significant hours-of-service compliance issues.

Green Fleet of the Month: MPG boost

As fleets look for alternative fuels and/or power solutions to reduce fuel usage and cut emissions, one Minnesotabased fleet found a more

cost-effective option that has almost doubled its mpg. Deli Express, a fleet of 240 vehicles and part of the larger Eden Prairie, MN-based E.A. Sween Co., is having success with the low-cab-forward NPR Eco-Max truck from Isuzu Commercial Truck of America.

Schneider National hit hard by Dallas twister 3

Like a scene from the movie Twister, tractor-trailers were sent flying hundreds of feet into the air by a string of tornadoes that hit Dallas County and other nearby counties in northeast Texas yesterday.

One of those tornadoes unleashed its wrath on a Schneider National facility, throwing trailers hundreds of feet in the air and leaving damaged equipment in its wake.

(To see video of the tornado, click here)

Azure Dynamics files for bankruptcy, halts production

Azure Dynamics, which counts Ford Motor Co. as its biggest customer, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Canada. The filing followed a rejection by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) for a public stock offering that would have raised needed capital for operations, Mike Elwood, vice president-marketing, told Fleet Owner.

Green Fleet of the Year: Veritable Vegetable 1

Back in the 1970s, long before organic living became the preferred lifestyle for so many in this country, the San Francisco Bay Area was home to a vibrant, locally grown food network focused on procuring healthy food products. This system, called the People’s Food System, created an alternative to the dominant food system in place at the time. Nearly 40 years later, San Francisco has moved this alternative system into the mainstream.

Green Fleet of the Month: Embedded solutions

Back in January, I wrote a blog entry about a technology being deployed in Texas by Massachusetts-based OLEV Technologies (See the blog post here). The $2.1 million system, called the On-line Electric Vehicle Bus Project, is being tested in McAllen, TX, and is primarily funded with grant money from the Federal Transportation Administration's Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction program.

Diesel surpasses $4 nationwide



The bad news is that diesel fuel prices have surpassed $4/gal. nationally this week, rising 9 cents from a week ago to settle at $4.05/gal. There may be some good news, though, on the horizon.

Faulty valve affects as many as 60,000 trucks
Driver complaints in December 2011 helped Bendix uncover a faulty valve on vehicles equipped with its traction control and stability systems. The issue, a Bendix spokesperson told Fleet Owner, has been resolved, but as many as 50,000-60,000 vehicles may be affected
TNT completes testing of TrailerTail 1
The TrailerTail may be coming to Europe. ATDynamics and TNT Express, combined with European aerodynamics company Ephicas, have completed a five-month test on ATDynamics’ TrailerTail aerodynamic device, achieving 6% in fuel savings, ATDynamics said
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