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.

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
Auction set for ‘surplus’ YRC terminals
An auction will be held to facilitate the sale of what was classified at “62 surplus cross-dock industrial sites” owned by YRC Worldwide
Daimler holds coming-out party for BharatBenz
Touting its “Made in India” profile, Daimler Truck’s subsidiary Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) revealed its new BharatBenz heavy-duty truck brand at a special preview event in New Delhi, India
Aerodynamic makeover 11
Who says watching your competition doesn't pay off? For Normal, IL-based Nussbaum Transportation, the hope is that it will in a big way. Phil Braker,
NLRB finalizes 'ambush elections' union rule
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a final rule in the Federal Register on Dec. 22, 2011, that changes the union representation and election process in an effort to reduce "unnecessary litigation in representation cases"
Proposed rule for stability control nears
A rule that could mandate electronic stability control systems on tractor-trailers has been sent to the White House's Office of Budget and Management for review
Big savings are in gas for Ford F-650 11
DEARBORN, MI. Ford Motor Co. proudly claims it sells more commercial vehicles than any OEM in North America. To maintain that dominance, the company must always be innovating and expanding its lineup to match the needs of commercial customers. And that includes the new gasoline engine Ford offers in its F-650 vehicle
Ford offers details on the Transit’s U.S. debut
DEARBORN, MI. For those who can’t wait to see the full-size Transit van from Ford Motor Co., you may only need to look out your window the next time you hit the highways. That’s because Ford announced that the European vehicle, slated to begin production in the U.S. in 2013, is already here and in some select customer’s hands for testing
Mercedes-Benz debuts ‘Aero trailer’
Mercedes-Benz has been working on a new trailer it said reduces wind resistance by 18% and fuel consumption by 5%. The trailer, dubbed the “Aero trailer,” was formally displayed at the recent Trailer 2011 show in Kortrijk, Belgium.
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