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.

Fatal truck-accident suit ends with $62.7-million settlement 1
A $62.7-million settlement was reached this week in a civil court suit brought by the relatives of eight victims of a horrendous crash in Oklahoma caused by an Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) driver
Truck-tire testing proposal toughens standards
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new truck tire testing procedures for nearly 98% of all commercial tires sold in the U.S. Fleets, though, may see only minimal impact on the cost of their tires should the rule go into effect
Cleaning up
Hauling waste does not conjure up many green connotations. But more and more, waste haulers are finding ways to combat that perception by greening their
Election jitters
With less than a month to go before mid-term elections, a lot is at stake for both the trucking industry and the country as a whole. The big question
Mitsubishi Fuso unveils all-electric concept van
Mitsubishi Fuso used the recent IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany, to show off an all-electric concept van based on its popular Canter van. The Canter E-Cell van uses the same lithium-ion batteries that are used in the Vito E-Cell of Mitsubishi Fuso’s parent firm Daimler
Thermo King cites Edible Arrangements for truck smarts
WALLINGFORD, CT. When your customers expect gifts of fresh fruit arrangements to be delivered in a timely manner, refrigeration is vital. Keeping the fruit properly chilled is crucial to the end-product that Edible Arrangements delivers daily to thousands of addresses around the world
McLeod unveils new products, updates others
BIRMINGHAM. McLeod Software rolled out a bevy of new products and updates to existing programs here at its annual Users’ Conference. “Our goal with this conference and with everything we do is to help you run your businesses more effectively, serve your customers better and to compete more effectively,” Tom McLeod, president & CEO, said in his opening remarks
It’s time to declare “Zombie” truckers dead
BIRMINGHAM. While the industry struggled through the recession, “zombie” truckers became a detriment to the industry and its recovery. The term was coined by Larry Gross, president of Gross Transportation Consulting and senior consultant with FTR Consulting Group. It refers to truck operators who are not making their monthly equipment payments and thus should be bankrupt or shut down, yet remain in operation because the banks do not want to repossess their equipment when its value is minimal
Preparing for the changing regulatory environment
BIRMINGHAM. Matt Voda knows there are a lot of regulations on the table right now for trucking. He also knows that many more will come down the road. That’s why Voda, vp of product management for PeopleNet, in speaking during a session at the McLeod Software Users’ Conference here yesterday delved into the CSA 2010 and hours-of-service rules and what fleets can do to prepare for them
PC*Miler 24 certified by, integrated with McLeod Software
BIRMINGHAM. ALK Technologies, makers of the PC*Miler software, announced here at thel McLeod Software Users’ Conference that its software has been certified and successfully integrated by McLeod Software
SkyBitz partners with McLeod on tracking solution
BIRMINGHAM. An agreement between McLeod Software and SkyBitz will allow for customers using McLeod Software’s solutions to benefit from real-time information on their trailers. The agreement was announced here at the McLeod Software Users’ Conference
iPhone, Android app to provide freight tracking
BIRMINGHAM. A new application for iPhone and Android phones will allow fleets and shippers to quickly track freight and provide proof of delivery among other functions. The app was displayed by maker uFollowit here at the  McLeod Software Users’ Conference.
Sprint one-touch app aims to cut driving distraction
According to Sprint, elimination of distracted driving and improved productivity are key benefits of a new application: the Sprint NextMail Locator with Photos, created by Pacific DataVision. The app is licensed for use through any Sprint phone over the entire Sprint or Nextel networks. It is based on NextMail’s push-to-talk technology. But it goes a step further
Judge clears way for L.A. Clean Truck Program; ATA to appeal
A federal judge in Los Angeles late last week ruled that the Clean Trucks Program at the Port of Los Angeles can proceed, rejecting the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) contention that a provision in the program violates federal law.
European Commission may limit trailer heights
According to a report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in Europe, the European Commission is considering a trailer height limit of 4 meters (13 ft, 1 inch) throughout Europe. Robin Dickeson, manager-commercial vehicle affairs, said the proposal could be published next week
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