Archive for July, 2012

Will Baltimore City Ban Older Port Trucks?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

In an effort to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability has recommended a ban on older trucks from the Port of Baltimore. This recommendation, which is part of a draft Climate Action Plan, is not supported by all. Both MMTA and the Maryland Port Administration submitted comments expressing opposition to a truck ban. Instead, these entities are encouraging the adoption of an incentive-based program for the eventual voluntary replacement of older trucks.

A copy of MMTA’s comments can be viewed at www.mmtanet.com/Baltimore-City-Climate-Action-Plan-Comments.pdf. Examples of these comments include:

  • The ban is unnecessary: In the Climate Action Plan, Baltimore City highlights an older truck ban implemented by the Port of Long Beach as an effective tool for reducing truck related air pollution. There are significant differences between Baltimore and Long Beach.”
  • The ban will have unintended consequences: The advances in diesel emissions controls have come at significant price to the trucking industry. The additional cost of purchasing new engine technologies and fuel has been estimated to be as much as $4 billion annually. Since 2007 the cost of a Class 8 truck tractor has jumped over 30% directly as a result of these new technologies. Prohibiting older model trucks from accessing the Port takes direct aim at those owner operators who are least likely to have the financial means to upgrade their equipment given these escalating costs.”
  • Other options exist to promote voluntary replacement of older trucks: In lieu of a mandatory ban, there are numerous other options to incentivize older truck replacement on a voluntary basis. Many of these are already underway in Baltimore, such as the 2009 Clean Diesel Program, which replaced, retrofitted or upgraded several pieces of equipment across all Port transportation sectors.

Due to the strong opposition to the ban, the city is planning to revisit its proposal. And it is expected that the ban will be removed.

If you have any questions about the Proposed Baltimore City Ban on Older Trucks, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

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

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Planning for the Future: Eliminating Costly Breakdowns and Repairs

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Telling the future is impossible. Planning for the future is easy. But with so many variables to keep track of, sometimes it is difficult for business owners to run their business and monitor their entire fleet of trucks. Because of this, Middleton & Meads offers several maintenance services to help keep your fleet running as efficiently as possible!

Middleton & Meads: Keeping you on the Road!

  • Diagnostic Equipment: Technical evaluation of Engine, ABS, and Transmission repairs is always a difficult task. To aid in our diagnoses and evaluation, Middleton & Meads has purchased and utilizes both Genisys and Pro-Link computer systems. These systems allow us to read the electronic data and determine the correct repair.
  • Mechanical Repair: Brakes, clutches, air dryers, starters, alternators and air conditioning work are just a few of the mechanical repairs performed at our shop.
  • Fleet Management: Monitoring a fleet of trucks 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 – from cost reports to scheduling notifications – to minimize costly breakdowns.

If you have any questions about Mechanical Repair or Fleet Management, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

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

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Maryland Expands its Use of Virtual Weigh Stations (VWS) :: Trucking News

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The state of Maryland began using virtual weigh stations (VWS) in 2009 in Howard County. These VWS checkpoints consist of sensors in the road to determine a truck’s weight, working in conjunction with an overhead camera used to identify the carrier. The VWS computes the truck’s weight and determines whether a safety inspection is needed, based on the compliance record of the truck carrier.

Expanding the use of Virtual Weight Stations in Maryland

Over the past several years, the State Highway Administration has expanded its uses of VWS, installing virtual scales on Route 50/301 approaching the Bay Bridge, Route 301 North about 2 miles south of Route 227, along MD 213 near Delaware, and on I-95 at Caton Avenue in Baltimore, with a future site planned at I-83 North near Pennsylvania. And there appears to be no end in sight for the expansion of the VWS program.

If you have any questions about Virtual Weigh Stations 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 DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

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

 

$105.2 Billion Highway Reauthorization Passed by Congress

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Recently, on 29 June 2012, Congress passed the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” a $105.2 billion highway reauthorization bill. The bill includes the following:

  • Tolls: The bill maintains the status quo on allowing states to toll existing Interstates, but makes it easier to build new Interstate lanes with toll financing.
  • Truck Size: There is no increase in size and weight limits.
  • Freight Policy: The bill established a new National Freight Network and requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a national freight plan.
  • Broker Bond: Increased the broker bond to $75k.
  • Wetliness: DOT is prohibited from publishing a wetlines rule for 2 years or until a GAO study determines whether such a rule will be necessary.
  • Entrant Testing: New entrant motor carriers must complete a proficiency test on safety regulations and complete a DOT safety review within one year.
  • Employer Notification: Within 1 year, FMCSA must establish standards for state systems that automatically notify motor carriers of drivers’ moving violations and other changes.
  • Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: Within 2 years, DOT will establish a clearinghouse to capture drivers’ positive drug/alcohol test results. 
  • 34 Hour Restart: DOT must complete a field study by March 31, 2013 of the changes to the  hours of service 34 hour restart provision, which is due to go into effect in July 2013.
  • Electronic Truck Logs: Within 1 year, DOT must establish guidelines for electronic logs (EOBRs) for motor carriers, who will have 2 years to install the new devices. 

The bill provides a continuation of existing federal transportation funding levels through Sept. 30, 2014.

If you have any questions about The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act 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 DC 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