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.

Race to green
Back in 2008, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard created SustainIndy. As part of that initiative, which was designed to promote sustainability efforts city-wide
The future has arrived, and trucking fleets best get onboard lest they, and their drivers, be left stranded on the side of the Information Superhighway.
Swedish logging fleet fights driver churn
KALLERYD, SWEDEN. For timber companies working the dense forests of Sweden, having the right equipment is the difference between making money and losing money. Johan Sundberg, owner of Sundbergs Akeri AB, knows this lesson very well. And in Sweden, Sundberg told Fleet Owner, if you haul timber out of the forests, you only have two vehicle choices: Volvo and Scania
Volvo simulator gives real-world view of driving
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN. One of the central tenets of Volvo’s historic legacy is its focus on safety. Engineers have focused on safety as a cornerstone value of the company since 1928 when one of the original nine trucks manufactured by Volvo crashed on its way to Gothenburg for testing.
I-Shift shifts into its next decade 1
GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN. Since the first Volvo truck was produced in Sweden in 1928, the company has focused on producing quality products and service. It is because of this dedication that Volvo has started a global reorganization process of its corporate structure.
Obama’s infrastructure streamlining proposal hits immediate bump
On Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to streamline infrastructure projects to get the economy moving and improve the efficiency of government. According to a statement from the White House, the plan, which includes fast-tracking 14 projects around the country, is based on a Presidential Memorandum issued in late August at the recommendation of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
Consider wisely
The phenomenal acceptance rate of smartphones and tablet devices among the general public is slowly creeping its way into trucking. Fleets have long sought
Sunny skies
When fleets speak of going green, they often implement any number of techniques, from reducing idling, to alternative fuels, and everything in-between.
Bundled solution
COMPANY:CENTRAL OREGON TRUCK CO. OPERATION:Flatbed hauler operating 178 tractors and 200 trailers across the U.S. and Canada PROBLEM: Flatbed carrier
Dual benefits
Jeff Shefchik believes that natural gas will eventually become the fuel of choice for the transportation industry. Because of that, Shefchik, president
Shell Chemicals introduces rollover-prevention device
Concerned for its global customers and truck operators, Shell Chemicals has developed a technology designed to prevent tanker rollovers. The device, the “rollover warning device (RWD),” is available for order now around the world, the company said, following testing in Europe, Asia and the Middle East
Carriers, East Coast brace for the wrath of Irene
As Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, and in particular the Northeast, this weekend, trucking fleets are busy preparing for the storm. Whether it is rerouting trucks or battening down the hatches at terminals, carriers are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best
Equipping workers with tablets: What you need to know
The phenomenal acceptance rate of smartphones and tablet devices among the general public is slowly creeping its way into trucking. Fleets have long sought out technology to streamline operations, but now many are also finding that by putting these devices into the hands of their employees, not only do they have more efficient operations, they also have happier employees
FMCSA drops plans to regulate farm trucks as CMVs
The agricultural industry is able to breathe a collective sigh of relief after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) dropped its intention to regulate agricultural vehicles as commercial motor vehicles (CMV). The agency also considered requiring anyone who operates farm equipment on public roads to be subject to the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) rule
O Canada! Rules change for border crossings
While the focus in recent years has been on the U.S.-Mexico border and the fight for free access to U.S. roadways for Mexican trucks, a significant change is occurring at America’s other border as well. And it’s a change that many smaller U.S.-based shippers and carriers may not be ready for
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