Archive for June, 2012

Trucking Industry News: Expect Major Delays on I-895 through Mid-October

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The I-895 K-Truss Bridge Repair Project commences tomorrow, June 20, 2012, and the delays are expected to begin immediately. The project will include the resurfacing of the bridge deck, median barrier work, as well as additional work scheduled to be performed on approach roadways between Shell Road/Hanover Street and Potee Street.

The I-895 K-Truss Bridge Repair Project Timeline and Lane Closures

  • Stage 1: Begins June 20 and is scheduled to last approximately 30 days. One northbound lane closed (left lane).  Two southbound (SB) lanes open.
  • Stage 2: Begins Mid-July and is scheduled to last approximately 2 weeks. One NB lane closed (right lane).  Two SB lanes open.
  • Stage 3: Begins early August and is scheduled to last approximately 2 weeks. Two SB lanes closed, two-way traffic (one lane for NB traffic, one lane for SB traffic) on NB bridge.
  • Stage 4: Begins mid-August and is scheduled to last approximately 45 days. Both lanes open in each direction, traffic shifted to outside lanes for work in left median, with reduced lane widths.

Major delays are to be expected during the morning and evening rush hours, Saturdays starting at noon (southbound), and Sundays starting at 4 p.m. (northbound).

Because of this, we highly encourage truck drivers to avoid I-895 if at all possible. Use I-95 and I-695/Key Bridge as alternate routes.

If you have any questions about The I-895 K-Truss Bridge Repair Project or The Trucking Industry, 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

 

Maryland Truck Company Forced to Shut Down by FMCSA

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A Maryland trucking company, Gunthers Transport, LLC, was forced to close last year after it was issued an “imminent hazard out-of-service order” by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This was after a FMCSA safety review of the company’s operations found several hours-of-service and vehicle maintenance violations. It was determined that these violations substantially increased the likelihood of serious injury or death to the motoring public.

  1. Gunthers Transport allowed its drivers to falsify their hours-of-service records and exceed the 11-hour limit for daily driving.
  2. Gunthers Transport did not require its drivers to perform pre-trip vehicle safety inspections.

“Safety is our number-one priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Commercial truck companies that recklessly disregard federal safety regulations will be shut down and removed from our roadways.”

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2011/GUNTHERS-TRANSPORTS-LLC.pdf.

“FMCSA has zero tolerance for unsafe trucking companies that place the traveling public at risk. If they do not play by the safety rules of the road, we will take away their ability to operate,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.

Don’t let the same thing happen to your company!

Trust your fleet’s maintenance to Middleton & Meads.

Monitoring a fleet can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why Middleton & Meads offers a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan to minimize costly breakdowns. From cost reports to scheduling notifications, the Middleton & Meads Fleet Management System can help track your vehicle’s maintenance history as well as the costs to maintain your fleet. A well-managed fleet with well-maintained vehicles is sure to help boost the fuel economy of your trucks!

Middleton & Meads: We keep your Vehicle on the Road and you in Business!

If you have any questions about Fleet Management, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or 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 trucking company declared “imminent hazard to the public”

Fuel Economy: How to Save Fuel and Money! :: Trucking Industry News

Friday, June 8th, 2012

As a truck driver or fleet manager, you know that fuel is one of the largest expenses incurred by each and every truck fleet, accounting for as much as 25% of total operating costs. Because of this, exceptional fuel economy is incredibly important.

Improving Fuel Economy: Consuming Fuel as Efficiently as Possible

  • Overcoming Forces: Fuel is consumed to produce horsepower to overcome all of the forces acting upon the truck. Thus, a truck that travels down the road with minimum resistance will use less horsepower and consume less fuel.
  • Key Factors: Aerodynamics, truck equipment – engine and accessories – powertrain efficiency; tire rolling resistance; environmental conditions; fleet management technology and telematics; driver behavior; and vehicle maintenance all play a role in fuel economy. Addressing these issues and staying current with the latest technologies will help improve fuel economy.
  • Middleton & Meads: Monitoring a fleet can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why Middleton & Meads offers a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan to minimize costly breakdowns. From cost reports to scheduling notifications, the Middleton & Meads Fleet Management System can help track your vehicle’s maintenance history as well as the costs to maintain your fleet. A well-managed fleet with well-maintained vehicles is sure to help boost the fuel economy of your trucks!

We keep your Vehicle on the Road and you in Business!

If you have any questions about Fuel Economy or Fleet Management, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or 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!