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.

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.

Mack expands reach of GuardDog Connect; announces Certified Uptime Centers

LAS VEGAS. In the world of concrete, and the Mack world in general, things are going well. That was the basic report issued by Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America, on Tuesday at a press briefing at the World of Concrete Show here in Las Vegas.

Navistar hopes more choice leads to better trucks, loyal customers

LAS VEGAS. As more and more vertical design has come to the truck market – think integrated powertrains – Navistar has been embracing the concept of “open integration” in its vehicle designs. That means the option of Cummins engines. But it also means customers can choose Allison or Eaton transmissions, Dana or Meritor axles, Continental tires (standard) or some other brand.

Vegas provides backdrop for International’s HX Series debut

LAS VEGAS. When in Vegas…that was the backdrop as Navistar International officially unveiled its new HX line of Class 8 vocational trucks with a short “Channel 9 breaking news” report. That fake news report featured something that could only happen in Las Vegas – three men dressed as Elvis ripping off a casino before one of them steals the new HX620, leading police on a chase that ends at a construction site just off I-15.

International HX Series gets Vegas sendoff

Navistar has introduced its first new truck model since 2010 - the Class 8 HX Series. The HX Series features four models in both set-forward and set-back configurations. The kickoff event took place at a construction site off of I-15 in Las Vegas.

Green Fleet of the Month: FCA Transport 

Back in the early days of American automobile prowess, power was the buzzword that drove the American automobile business. That has changed over time, though, and now consumers are looking as much for automotive value and fuel efficiency as anything. And automotive companies try to reflect that value as well.

The great money raid 

Now that a long-term highway bill has been signed, sealed and delivered, it’s on to other work for Congress. Unfortunately, that will likely not include the work necessary to truly fix our infrastructure and safety programs.

FMCSA: Tell us why you should be rewarded for your safety efforts

You asked for it, now tell them. That’s the attitude of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has scheduled two public listening sessions on the concept of voluntary compliance for safety technologies.

FMCSA unveils final ELD rule 1

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) formally rolled out its long-awaited final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) by commercial motor vehicle operators to record ours of service (HOS) data.

2015 Fleet of the Year Awards 

Each year, Fleet Owner’s editors speak with hundreds of fleets, each with their own unique story to tell. In listening to these stories, some leave us reminiscing for the “good ole’ days” and the way things used to be done. Some provide a glimpse into the mind-set of the modern fleet professional. And some show just how far fleet management has come. It is these fleets that represent the pool, if you will, from which Fleet Owner’s annual Fleet of the Year Awards are chosen.

Green Fleet of the Month: Trailer tale 

With some 125 trucks and 350 dry van trailers, Sharp Transport is not a mom-and-pop trucking operation. But the carrier is not a mega-fleet either. So when it was notified back in May that it had become the first U.S. fleet to achieve EPA SmartWay Elite status, there were probably a few celebrations  at the carrier’s Ethridge, TN, headquarters.

Your Nov. 24 Pre-Trip: Ram to drive Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

Here are five things worth knowing today:

1. Ram Trucks will be prominent at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, according to the New York Daily News. The paper reports that a fleet of Ram pickups will pull the 27 floats along the parade route and Ram vans are helping get the balloons to their destinations.

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