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.

Articles by Brian Straight
Keys are free to owner of Rush Truck Center’s 1,000th Hino
Rush Enterprises founder and chairman Marvin Rush, in keeping with the light-hearted celebration held at the facility yesterday before customers , Hino Motor Sales USA representatives, and media, told Odis Peavy, a longtime Rush customer, that, yes, the keys were free
It’s a shipper’s market
A new report by Ariba North America, a spend management solution company, speculates that because of the day-to-day survival mode of many carriers, the market remains “shipper friendly.” As a result, shippers should, and will, “continue to look to the carriers that can maintain high levels of customer service and grow their relationship, while carriers must continue to examine their cost model to ensure their sustainability,” the report, written by Rachel Rutkoski, said
European trailer demand takes a beating
A new report from consulting group CLEAR highlights what toll the economy has taken on the trailer market in Europe
Springing into action
For a company that has literally been gathering water from the ground since 1845, it's only fitting that the private fleet at Poland Spring leaves no stone unturned in its quest to be the greenest truck fleet in Maine
Smog and trucking
With public hearings being held this month regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to tighten smog standards in the U.S., the trucking industry, which has already endured tighter regulations on diesel emissions, is waiting to see what impact the latest measure, if enacted, could have
Wabco’s roll stability system now covers all of Europe
With its final certification by TUV Nord Germany, Wabco Holdings’ roll stability support for trailers has now gained approval for use in all 27 countries in the European Union (EU), and in 20 other countries worldwide in accordance with the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe’s Regulation 13 for braking
Running on hybrids
A visitor to the FedEx Express Bronx, NY, facility would see what they see at any FedEx Express facility throughout North America workers busily preparing packages for their final destinations and trucks, mostly step vans, lined up waiting to take packages on their final journey, one that may have started several continents away
The peril of jobs
Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation Sec. Gary Ridley told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been a huge success
Arrow Trucking now faces employee lawsuit
As it appears most of the drivers left stranded days before Christmas by the sudden closure of Tulsa, OK-based Arrow Trucking have made it home, the next chapter is just beginning
Social media comes to aid of stranded Arrow truck drivers
Social media is coming to the rescue of the hundred of truck drivers who were left stranded by the sudden closure of Tulsa, OK-based Arrow Trucking, on Tuesday
Volvo to test biomethane gas truck
Sweden’s Volvo Trucks will be testing a biomethane gas truck that increases energy consumption compared to traditional gas trucks while providing the same power and driveability as a diesel vehicle. The trucks will be tested in Sweden and Great Britain in 2010
Jobs bill authorizes $39 billion for transportation-related projects
The U.S. House passed by a vote of 217-212 the Jobs for Main Street Act of 2010 (H.R. 2847). The bill, touted by the Obama Administration as vital to helping the country revitalize the economy, includes $39 billion for programs related to transportation and infrastructure, including $27.5 billion for highways alone
UK offers 100% capital allowance for electric vans
The UK government has provided a holiday gift to commercial fleet owners in the form of an electric vehicle tax break
Grocer rapidly expands electric truck fleet
England-based grocer Sainsbury’s has ordered 50 Smith Electric Vehicle vans for its online grocery delivery fleet
A green Paradise
Looking for ways to save fuel, cut emissions and be a better neighbor, Paradise Island Foods on Vancouver Island in British Columbia embarked on a path paved with green both literally and figuratively
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