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.

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
UD Trucks North America to launch new medium-duty
Select truck dealers from around the country received a sneak peek of the new UD Trucks North America medium-duty model during the recent American Truck Dealers Convention in Orlando. While specific details of the truck have yet to be released, the model will be based on the Condor model built by the firm’s Japanese parent, UD Trucks Corp
Tennessee flooding closes I-40, other major roads
Interstate 40 remains closed in parts of Tennessee after a weekend of heavy rains that dumped more than 13 inches on parts of the state
Choice is clear
The way Glen Miller sees it, compressed natural gas (CNG) is a nice fit for his South Florida refuse fleet, both from an environmental and cost standpoint.
Government intervention
While it may seem like the federal government is ganging up on trucking, experts say the recent activity on the regulatory front may be nothing more than
European shipping returning to normal after volcano disruptions
The effects of the volcano eruption in Iceland have devastated the European airline industry, not to mention stranding thousands of people all across the continent as flights were cancelled. The eruption, though, has also had a significant impact on freight operations as well
EU customs filing mandates take center stage
More than 50 of the organizations focused on the European logistics market gathered in Brussels, Belgium, this week to discuss the upcoming European Union (EU) customs filing mandates. The event was hosted by Descartes Systems Group, a global logistics network company
Funding crisis hits Pennsylvania via I-80 toll rejection
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is considering all options to close a $450-million transportation shortfall following the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) rejection of the state’s plans to toll Interstate 80. What those options are, however, remains to be seen
Daimler: N.A. commercial truck market not affected by Renault alliance
The new alliance announced Wednesday by Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan will have no immediate effect on the North American commercial market, despite the companies sharing technology and developing a new commercial van for the European market, a Daimler spokesperson told Fleet Owner
Reworked EOBR rule released, covers more carriers
The long-awaited EOBR rule for truck and bus companies was handed down as the U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final rule in the Federal Register today, and that final rule may be a shock to some fleets
Not what you think
Whether fleets realize it or not, their operations will change, and change dramatically, this summer. Once the FMCSA's new Comprehensive Safety Analysis
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