Archive for January, 2012

Emergency Truck Parking…There’s an App for That!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently announced the formation of 45 specifically designed emergency truck parking lots across Maryland. Now, when road conditions begin to decline from winter weather storms accumulating six inches of snow or more, truck drivers have a safe haven to wait out the inclimate weather.

And now there is even a smart phone app to help truck drivers find these 45 new parking lots in Maryland. This new mobile app gives truckers an easy way to view and navigate to nearby trucking parking lots using their cell phones.

But do not get caught searching the app while driving! Don’t forget the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) final rule banning handheld cell phone use while driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). So truckers will need to view the application while fueling or stopped and off of the roadway.

To view an interactive map of all lots, print a pdf format of the map, or download the mobile app, go to www.roads.maryland.gov/Pages/Emergencytruckparking.aspx?PageId=856.

If you have any questions about the Emergency Truck Parking Mobile App, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

Trucking Industry News: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Several Changes to Hours of Service Rules

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) recently announced several Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) changes to the hours of services rules. Most of these rules will not go into effect until July 1, 2013, but a few become effective next month (February 27, 2012). These include:

•     Time resting in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) will now be counted as off-duty time in lieu of the current on-duty time.  It is important to note that this off-duty time does NOT extend the 14 consecutive hour daily limit; however, it can be used to allow a driver to extend his weekly limits.  There is no limit on the amount of time that a driver can rest in a parked commercial vehicle.

•     A new “egregious” hours of service violation – defined as exceeding the maximum daily drive time of 11 hours by three or more hours – begins in February.  The penalty for this violation can be as much as $2,750 for a driver and $11,000 for the motor carrier.

All remaining rule changes do not take effect until July 1, 2013.

More information, including Q&A, a copy of the rule, and a comparison chart summarizing key changes, is available at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos-final/hos-final-rule.aspx.

If you have any questions about FMCSA hours of service rules, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

Trucking Industry News: Handheld Cell Phone Ban for CMV Drivers

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

As of January 3, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule banning handheld cell phone use officially went into effect. The rule bans all interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers, interstate HAZMAT drivers and intrastate HAZMAT drivers from holding, dialing, and even reaching for a mobile phone.

Any driver found in violation of this rule will face civil penalties up to $2,750 for each offense. Drivers with multiple offenses (two or more violations in three years) risk disqualification from operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).

Companies found allowing drivers to use handheld devices – including “push-to-talk” – while driving face a maximum penalty of $11,000.

CMV drivers who wish to still use a mobile phone or other handheld device must use a hands-free device, located in close proximity, which requires the pressing of no more than a single button to initiate or terminate a phone call.

If you have any questions about FMCSA rule banning handheld use while driving a CMV, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

Federal Brake Inspection Certification Course in Maryland

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

At 8am on February 2nd, 2012, Middleton & Meads is teaming up with the Maryland Motor Truck Association, Kneal International, and Navistar Corporation to offer a two hour federal brake inspection certification course. The event will take place at the Middleton and Meads Hanover Street location.

MIDDLETON AND MEADS CO., INC.
1900 South Hanover Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Call Sean Foye at 410-752-5588 to register. But hurry! The class is limited to the first 30 people registered. The cost of the class is $10.

This federal brake inspection certification course is part of the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Maintenance Council, which Middleton & Meads is proud to lead. The Maintenance Council provides training to fleet managers and first-line supervisors to improve their knowledge of maintenance personnel and assist them with compliance of regulatory requirements.

Middleton & Meads has conducted onsite training for customers in the past. Our training administrator has educated our customers and their employees on selected topics to help or customers identify the root cause for repairs.

If you have any questions about the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Maintenance Council or our Federal Brake Inspection Certification Course in Baltimore, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!