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.

The Connected Truck: We’ve only reached the tip of the iceberg

LOUISVILLE, KY. For those who believe that connected vehicles are still many years away, panelists on Fleet Owner’s The Connected Truck panel at today’s Fleet Forum ahead of the Mid-America Trucking Show disputed that notion.

Truck orders, sales in adjustment period

LOUISVILLE, KY. After a robust showing in 2015, truck orders and sales have taken a bit of a hit so far in 2016. Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, told attendees at the Fleet Forum on Wednesday at the Kentucky Exposition Center ahead of the Mid-America Trucking Show, that the dip is not too concerning at the moment.

“[Orders] are relatively weak,” he said. “They have been down at the lowest levels we’ve seen since 2012, but we are still in replacement [mode].”

Doomsday is not coming for trucking

LOUISVILLE, KY. When asked for his assessment of the trucking environment going forward, Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence that “late 2017, early 2018 could be the chokepoint” if the nation continues on its current 2 to 2 ½% GDP growth path.

Caterpillar to drop vocational truck line

Amid a continuing corporate restructuring, Caterpillar announced today that it will cease production of its on-highway vocational CT truck line. Cat said about 70 jobs would be affected by the decision.


Your Feb. 10 Pre-Trip: Rhode Island truck toll plan up for vote 1

Here are five things worth knowing today:

1. The Great Truck Toll Debate in Rhode Island may be reaching a conclusion. According to WPRI TV, the state’s House of Representatives is set to vote today on a bill that would pay for road and bridge repairs on the backs of truckers with a truck-only toll. The station’s website has more.

World of Concrete in focus

The World of Concrete show in Las Vegas is annually the largest show dedicated to concrete professionals. This year's show featured thousands of products, including a new vocational truck line from International. You can read more about the HX Series here: Vegas provides backdrop for International’s HX Series debut.

This gallery provides just a sampling of the many products from the show.

Rounding up World of Concrete

LAS VEGAS. Among the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center floor this week at the World of Concrete are hundreds of products dedicated to construction and concrete operations and worker safety. While many have no practical uses to Fleet Owner’s primary audience of trucking operations, nonetheless, some could be helpful to portions of our readership. These are a few of the new products available that could help those involved in construction operations.

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Freightliner announces 2016 Hardest Working Cities winners

LAS VEGAS. Following the successful launch of the program in 2015, Freightliner Trucks is continuing with its Hardest Working Cities program, announcing four new honorees at a reception this week at the World of Concrete show here.

This year’s winners will be New York City, Charlotte (NC), Edmonton and Seattle-Tacoma (WA).

Preco Electronics debuts new safety system

LAS VEGAS. Preco Electronics has introduced a product that it said will turn any in-cab monitoring system into an active safety solution. The company unveiled its PreView VideoLink II this week at the World of Concrete show here.

PreView VideoLink II provides an overlay to any existing in-cab camera and monitor system, the company said. It converts an existing monitor into an active-safety solution that provides both audible and colorful visual alerts. The result, it added, is active driver assistance to mitigate or avoid collisions.

World of Concrete: Parade of trucks

The World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas this week is all about concrete and concrete products. However, without trucks, concrete never makes it to its final destination. International introduced a new Class 8 vocational line here, the HX Series (Read about it here: Vegas provides backdrop for International’s HX Series debut), but the other truck makers also had their best vocational products on display. Here is a look at some of the models.

Truck makers showcase their best at World of Concrete

LAS VEGAS. While Navistar has made a lot of news with the introduction of its new HX Series of Class 8 vocational trucks this week at the World of Concrete show here, several other truck makers have also garnered their share of attention with prominent displays of their vocational models as well.

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