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.

Navistar says it has engines meeting 2010 emissions standard
HUNTSVILLE, AL. When Navistar announced it was going to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 emissions mandate with Advanced EGR technology, many said it couldn’t be done. Some said Navistar could only satisfy the EPA 2010 emissions standard of 0.2 grams of nitrates of oxide (NOx) through the use of emissions credits that allowed its engines to emit 0.5 grams of NOx
ABF files $750-million suit against Teamsters, YRC Worldwide
ABF Freight System has filed a grievance as well as a lawsuit against both the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and YRC Worldwide (YRCW) in response to a new labor deal the two parties reached ostensibly to help make YRCW viable as a transportation entity going forward
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When Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) agreed last month to settle a civil lawsuit brought by the families of eight victims killed in an Oklahoma crash
Break out of your bubble
Back in September, I attended an event at the corporate headquarters of Edible Arrangements. The company, made up of nearly 1,000 franchises around the
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
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