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 state of trucking 

Trucking has undergone a major transformation in the past five years as fleets have re-examined every aspect of their operations from equipment to business plans.  Think about just a few of the major issues fleets have had to address in recent years: evaluating new fuel options, navigating basic changes to safety regulations, a rapid evolution in truck technologies, a slow-growth economic recovery, and the list goes on. 

Flour power 

Back in the 1990s, Illinois passed regulations requiring trucking fleets that operate 10 or more vehicles within Chicago city limits to run at least 10% of those vehicles on alternative fuel. It was part of an effort to make the air cleaner and as such, the city provided incentives to encourage compliance.

The trucks that drive NASCAR

Every weekend, millions of people gather around their televisions or visit race tracks across the U.S. to watch NASCAR races. But, while race drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick are the stars, there are plenty of people and support behind the scenes. This includes the truck drivers and the specialized trailers that transport all equipment to the tracks each week.

Food Truck mania

Food trucks are everything these days, and the Westfield Meriden mall was the place to be this weekend in Connecticut as it hosted a two-day food truck festival in its parking lot with over 20 trucks gathered for shoppers.

Plenty of horses 

Long ago, the original form of horsepower in the shape of Clydesdale horses delivered Budweiser beer to thirsty customers. No more. Anheuser-Busch, makers of the iconic Budweiser and many more brands, switched years ago to a more effective means of delivery. Now, the company is going a step further and finding an even more efficient way to make deliveries in the form of natural gas power.

October 13, 2014: Deadly truck crashes up in Texas, diesel availability expands, and female driving opportunities

Here is a look at what is happening in the world of transportation today:

Volvo puts proprietary LNG engine “on hold”

Volvo Trucks announced today that it is changing its alternative fuels plan for North America. The company, which has been developing its own compression ignition liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine for North America, said it is now putting “on hold plans to launch” the powerplant.

Volvo said it will continue to offer spark-ignited natural gas engines in its VNM and VNL models. In addition, field testing of a dimethyl ether (DME) engine is ongoing and this decision does not affect those plans, the company said.

September 30, 2014: Toyota recalling trucks; Ram boosting 1500 Ecodiesel production; Walmart blames Tracy Morgan

Here is a look at what is happening around the world of transportation today:

September 29, 2014: LNG a growing fuel; luxury hotels turn to food trucks; another stab at electric pickups

Here is a look at what is happening around the world of trucking today:

September 24, 2014: Shooting at UPS facility; GM natural gas recall; Michigan under fire

Here’s a look at what is happening today in the world of transportation:

September 23, 2014: Toll road operator files bankruptcy; gas conversion; port fire

Here’s a look at what is happening in the world of transportation today:

September 22, 2014: Navistar still has work to do; a dying breed; grain trucks putting school children at risk

Here is a look at what is happening in the world of transportation this morning: 

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