Archive for February, 2013

The Importance of Baltimore Bus Collision Repair Services

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Has your bus been in a collision? If yes, it is important to have bus collision repairs completed as soon as possible. This article will discuss the importance of immediate bus collision repair services and where you can go for the best services.

When you need bus collision repairs, it is important that you hire bus repair specialist for collision repair services. Why?

A bus repair specialist will assure that all the right parts are quickly installed for quality bus repairs at an affordable price and in a timely fashion.

Middleton & Meads bus collision repair services include:

  • Preventative maintenance
  • Improving fuel efficiency
  • Reduce downtime for your bus
  • Lower insurance costs
  • Reduce tire replacement costs
  • And more bus repairs and fleet solutions.

Middleton & Meads Collision Service Center offers full range collision, frame, restoration and painting services for buses:

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information on bus repairs and bus maintenance.

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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About the New Medical Certification Cards For CDL Holders

Sunday, February 24th, 2013
If you haven’t heard, CDL holders must provide proof of medical certification to the Motor Vehicle Administration by January 30,2014.

When do truck drivers need to submit the medical certifications?
Truck drivers do not need to submit medical certifications prior to January 30,2014 unless directly contacted by the MVA.
The MVA will contact truck drivers prior to January 30,2014 for the following reasons:
– Medical certification renewal
– Request for a medical certification  duplicate
– Medical certification corrections
– New CDL
The new medical cards are two-sided from the MMTA. These medical certification cards from the MMTA are compliant with federal regulations but the MVA has no requirements for usage of the new medical card so far.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today to keep up with the truck industry.

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!

The Dangers Of Multi Federal And State Transit Taxes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

As you may have witness during the State of The Union Address last night, big changes are coming to Federal and State Laws. The trucking industry is no exception.

Maryland’s General Assembly has been in session for one month and big changes are already underway as the state frantically searches for new sources of revenue to fund transportation projects such as highway construction and transit funding programs.

Just this month the Senate President, Mike Miller has introduced a bill that will tremendously impact the trucking industry. Here is what the bill pertains:

  1. The creation of 2 regional transit districts will happen for Baltimore and Washington DC. One in each metropolitan area and elected officials will serve on governing boards to issue bonds, set transit fares, and add a property tax on owners located in the metropolitan areas to pay for the State’s transit systems.
  2. Counties will have authorization to raise motor vehicle fuel taxes up to 5 cents a gallon on the wholesale level prior to the year 2017. The year 2017 the State will take the initiatives to impose the tax increase.
  3. A 3% sales tax on motor fuels will be implemented. Currently, motor fuels are exempt from sales tax.

This week, MMTA’s Legislative Committee has voted against this bill because the committee believes too many levels of government have the taxing authority privilege.

A taxing authority system as the one suggested in the bill is ripe for corruption such as excessive taxation, evasion and using tax revenue for non-transportation purposes.

This bill is just one of roughly 2,300 bills proposed.

If this bill gets passed it will impact the trucking industry in the following ways:

  • Overweight and Over extended vehicle penalties will increase.
  • Price caps on goods/ services/ transportation will be enforced for state emergencies.
  • Prevention of Hydraulic Fracking on natural gas vehicles.
  • No decal requirement on vehicles carrying controlled hazardous substances.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today to prepare for Fleet Management, Maryland State, DOT, Chassis Inspections and more for your truck!

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!

Baltimore Bus Repairs: The Importance of Wheel Balancing Services

Friday, February 8th, 2013

As winter storms come into the Baltimore area, it’s a good time to schedule mechanical repairs / bus repairs for your company vehicles. An important bus maintenance you should immediately schedule is wheel balancing. This article will provide information about wheel balancing and the importance of keeping up with regular wheel balancing and overall bus repairs.

What is Bus Wheel Balancing?

Wheel Balancing is the process of making bus tires and wheels (or any other vehicle) spin safe and securely without any vibrations. The weight of bus wheels and tires should consistently be balanced/ even around the axle.

Wheel Balancing is completed when tires and wheels are examined for heavy spots on the wheel-tire components and a measured lead weight is installed on the opposite part of the wheels where no heavy spots exist.

You will know the tires and wheels of a bus are unbalanced when you experience the following symptoms during driving:

  1. Certain tires are heavier than other ties.
  2. Vibration is experienced in the driver’s seat and floorboard at high speeds (50 mph or more).
  3. Vibration is experienced from the steering wheel at 60 mph and over.
  4. There is visible cup wear on the tires.
  5. Tires appear uneven such as tread being deeper on the edges than the center or the tire appears inflated/ under inflated.

When wheel balancing is completed, the brake drum and bus wheels will all be balanced.

Middleton & Meads is prepared to handle your wheel balancing and other bus repairs.

Learn about our Bus Repair Services. We will remove wheels, examine wheels, mount/seal tires, inflate and balance each tire at an affordable price and timely fashion.

Our Mechanical Repair Department at Hanover Street provides a complete range of repair services for your fleet of vehicles.

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!

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