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.

Ford Super Duty chassis cabs to get Triton V10 gas power
Seeing an opportunity to improve market share, Ford Motor Co. will be offering its Triton V10 gasoline engine in its Class 6-7 medium-duty chassis cab trucks beginning with the 2012 model year
“Suite” safety package for Con-way Freight
With the purchase of nearly 1,300 Freightliner Cascadia 2010 tractors equipped with an integrated suite of advanced driver alert and truck control technologies, Con-way Freight (NYSE: CNW) is taking the next step in safety with aninvestment totaling more than $100 million
Solid foundation
When you run a concrete company, green is a relative term. But for one California company, it is turning concrete, and the compressed natural gas trucks
Thanks for adopting me
Just over two years ago, I joined the staff of Fleet Owner. Having spent my entire professional life in newspapers, the world of business-to-business
Onboard scales
The use of onboard scales by fleets is slowly growing, but that may shift into high gear as new regulatory focus, particularly CSA 2010, takes hold. In
Electrified I-5 planned for Washington
Washington State’s electric vehicle infrastructure efforts will be getting $1.32 million in Federal Recovery Act funding, according to an announcement by Gov. Christine Gregoire. The state’s transportation and commerce departments are working together to develop an “electric highway,” an initial network of public-access electric vehicle (EV) recharging locations along Interstate 5
Pilot, Flying J complete merger
Nearly a year after reaching a preliminary agreement, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J have completed the merger of the two companies to form Pilot Flying J, now a network of over 550 travel centers employing more than 20,000 people. Before the merger, Pilot operated 275 locations across the U.S
Diesel prices on slow climb through 2011
After approaching nearly $5/gal. during a meteoric rise in 2008, diesel fuel prices dropped along with the economy in 2009. But since falling to nearly $2/gal. in early 2009, prices have steadily climbed, a trend that should continue through 2011, according to Neil Gamson of the U.S. Energy Information Administration
Wal-Mart seeking greater freight control
Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is pushing an innovative approach to supply chain management whereby the company’s private fleet will take over delivery of goods from suppliers to its distribution centers wherever it is cost-effective to do so
Shell program can cut fuel use and track carbon emissions
A new telematics solution developed by Royal Dutch Shell and Airbiquity for fleet operators in Europe is said to create a 10% fuel savings and to calculate the fleet’s fuel-related CO2 emissions in the process
Fuel economy but one step to cutting greenhouse gases
A new report from the International Transport Forum suggests that merely improving fuel economy is not enough for the global transportation industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report, “Transport Outlook 2010: The potential for innovation,” indicates that while managing fuel economy plays a role, its impact is limited
Growing with Graphics
What better way to promote your brand than on the side of your truck? It's a rolling billboard seen by thousands of people each day at a fraction of the
Making cents
Gordon Trucking (GTI) is not unlike most carriers these days. The Pacific, WA-based company, which operates in all 48 contiguous states, is doing all
Slagle focuses VTNA for the future
ROANOKE, VA. Denny Slagle, president & CEO of North American Trucks, parent of Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA), has a clear vision for VTNA, and it’s not the fourth-place market share the company currently holds in the U.S. market
Volvo waiting for details on Obama’s greenhouse gas plan
ROANOKE, VA. The announcement last week by President Obama to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to create fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks has fans among Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA), but there remains some hesitation about the proposal
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