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.

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
Tonnage up, but concerns cloud economic picture
While the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) reported a rise in its for-hire truck tonnage index in July, that’s been one of the few economic highlights this week as a new CBS News Poll reports Americans are becoming more pessimistic about the economy
Pickup truck sales bouncing back
New analysis from indicates large pickup truck sales are starting to show signs of growth, regaining market share lost in the past few years. According to the organization, large truck sales garnered 12.4% of the U.S. auto market in July, jumping from just 10.8% in June
Dairy fleets put sustainability in motion with E-Smart program
For many in trucking, EPA's SmartWay is becoming a fact of life. But dairy fleets, which can run the gamut from single-truck operations to thousands of vehicles, represent just a small portion of SmartWay fleets
EU study: Fatigue only a limited factor in truck accidents
A new study commissioned by the European Commission and the International Road Transport Union claims that of 624 truck crashes studied, only 6% involved driver fatigue
[what's new in:] Reman'd electricals
Whenever you are in the market for a starter or alternator, a number of factors must be considered: cost, reliability, availability, etc. But none of
Bill introduced to empower ports in clean-truck fight
A bill just introduced in Congress would give federal approval to local cities and ports to enact their own clean-truck programs, similar to what the Port of Los Angeles has done. The idea of regulating the air around ports, though, has the port community split
CSA 2010 driving interest in truck maintenance systems
Fleet owners must bear in mind that the addition of CSA 2010 and other regulations will put more focus than ever on vehicle maintenance practices. Under CSA 2010, one of the seven BASIC categories FMCSA will review carriers on is vehicle maintenance, ranging from brakes, lights and other mechanical defects to failure to make required repairs. Part of the rules will involve documenting vehicle repair histories
Dean Foods, Thermo King testing electric reefer unit
Dean Foods and Thermo King are working together on a prototype all-electric refrigeration system, the companies have announced. The unit, placed into service in March, is being tested at Dean Food’s Dallas-area facility
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
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