Archive for March, 2013

Maintenance Council Hosts Allison Transmission Training in April

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Do your employees need transmission training? If yes, you are in luck. The Maintenance Council will host an Allison Transmission training in two weeks.

Here at Middleton & Meads, we highly recommend that MMTA Maintenance Council Members and MMTA Members join the training session.

Neil Middleton is the Chairman of MMTA’s Maintenance Council. Neil will be hosting the Allison Transmission training on Wednesday April 3, 2013.

The Allison Transmission Training will take place at Middleton & Meads.

Middleton & Meads is located here:

1900 S. Hanover Street Baltimore, MD 21230

The Allison Transmission Training will run from 1:30 Pm -4:00 Pm

Those attending the event will learn about inspection tips, Allison DOC, troubleshooting tips, preventative maintenance and J-11939 data link.

The Transmission training will also feature the expert speaker Ron Strobel, Senior Business Development Manager of ATR, Inc. ( Authorized Transmission Re-manufacturing, Inc.).

Mr. Strobel will be conducting the seminar and the Q& A.

Space is limited to only 30 members. So RSVP today! 

Click here to register online!

 

 

Reservations are required by April 1,2013.

 

 

The Allison Transmission Training is sponsored by Middleton & Meads and K. Neal Idealease.

 

 

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling

410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

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 bus transportation needs!

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as well!

 

Bus Collision Repairs: The Importance Of Hiring An Experienced Mechanic

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

As the warmer weather comes, people will be out and about on school field trips, vacations and work summits. Most likely this will involve reliable bus transportation.

During this time of the year, bus collisions are very common.

If you do experience a bus collision, you should not leave bus collision repairs in the hands of any untrained body shop.

Damaged Transit buses, School Buses, Shuttle Buses and Tour buses come with very hefty transit vehicle expenses because buses come with unique vehicle features.

Some unique vehicle features buses include are sophisticated air brake systems, air operated door systems, multiplexed control systems, complex wheel chair platforms/ lift systems and state of the art HVAC systems.

What happens when a bus experiences a bus collision?

After a bus collision occurs (bus accident or bus fire), one or multiple systems in the bus will need repairing, as well as the structural bodywork of the bus.

Proper bus collision repairs, you will need to hire an experienced bus technician to diagnose and repair all the bus systems.

Middleton & Meads can handle your minor bus repairs and your major bus repairs at a competitive price.

Learn about our Bus solutions today.

Here are some of the bus transportation needs we can meet for your bus repairs:

  • Bus Preventative Maintenance
  • Improve Fuel efficiency
  • Reduce downtime for bus repairs
  • Diagnose major bus mechanical issues
  • Lower your insurance costs
  • And more.

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

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 bus transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: http://www.completecoach.com/services/collision-fire-repair/

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20130318/NEWS/130319798

Port Of Baltimore: How To Prevent Federal Audits Related To Leased Drivers

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Are you concerned about federal audits and being cited for issues relating to leased drivers?

If yes, you are not alone.

Driver Qualification files for leased drivers are on the rise.

A motor carrier recently had to undergo a federal audit for utilizing leased drivers and the motor carrier was cited.

Why was the motor carrier cited?

The motor carrier had no records of pre-employment drug tests and driver qualification files.

It is required that leased drivers be enrolled in drug and alcohol testing programs.

The motor carrier and leasing company must have separate driver qualification files and drug and alcohol testing. This is mandatory because the motor carrier and leasing company have completely separate and distinctive motor carriers.

You do not want to be cited by a federal auditor.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Office of Drug and Alcohol and Compliance for the U.S. Department of Transportation are making it a requirement that driver qualification files are separate for the motor carrier and the leasing company.

As for leased drivers that are veterans, the state of Maryland has launched a skills test waiver for veterans.

This was finalized in 2012 by the FMCSA. The veteran skills test waiver will authorize the state of Maryland to allow veteran state drivers to waive the skills portion of the CDL test if the veterans have at least two years of safe driving completed for the military. This is equivalent to the driving a commercial motor vehicle.

To learn more about thee skills test waiver Click here .

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

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 2013 Truck Driving Championships: June 8 2013

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

 

As Spring and Summer slowly come before us, exciting events await! One event you should not miss is the 2013 Truck Driving Championships: Maryland’s First Technician Skills Competition.
The Maryland “Supertech” competition event will be held by the MMTA’s Maintenance Council in conjunction with the Truck Driving Championships on Saturday June 8th 2013.

This year more states are expected to compete because the national TMC Supertech competition will only showcase the most highly skilled technicians of the trucking industry.

In fact, the best diesel technicians will engage in various diagnostic and problem solving skills during competitive troubleshooting tests. Winners of the “Supertech” competition will go to the Nationals.

To enter the competition or learn more about this great event click here or email Selena Griffin at sgriffin@mmtanet.com.

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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!