Archive for August, 2013

Back To School: The Benefits of Bus Repairs

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

bus collision repairs

It’s back to school. And you know what that means. It means more traffic and more accidents.

On the list of the safest driving cities in America/ the cities with the best drivers, Baltimore and Washington D.C. where ranked as two of the worst city commutes in the United States.

In Washington D.C. the average driver gets into an accident every 4.8 years. In fact, Washington Drivers are twice as likely than any other drivers in the USA to get into traffic accidents. The statistics are provided by Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers report. Although the report doesn’t identify the cause behind the frequent traffic accidents, people suspect it is based on the number of residents in the area using motor vehicles as their number one means of transportation in a fast-paced urban setting.

Baltimore City did not rank too far behind that average of motor vehicle wrecks. Every 5.4 years Baltimore drivers have motor vehicle accident.

The USA overall is increasing in deadly motor vehicle accidents. In the USA motor vehicle crash fatalities are over 1,700 between 2011-2012.

What can you learn from this Best Drivers report?

The answer: Drivers in large urban cities are more likely to crash than drivers in small towns.

If you have a school bus fleet, it’s important that your school bus fleet has good bus repairs completed to ensure the safety of students and bus drivers alike.

School buses are an affordable means of safe, reliable school transportation that helps parents cut down high gas prices, reduce the need of car maintenance and overall motor vehicle repairs.

Our Bus Solutions will ensure your school buses will transport elementary students, middle school students, and high school students to and from school no matter the weather condition.

We understand that school buses take the same routes for the daily commute and know anything can happen when fleet preventative maintenance is not addressed.

Here at Middleton & Meads, we under the budget limitations that happen for school districts and we are ready to provide you highly cost effective bus repairs. The following are the bus solutions we offer to address your bus fleet transportation needs:

  • Mechanical repairs involving brakes, starters, alternators and even conditioning
  • Collision repairs for all bus makes and models (Middleton & Meads is a Dupont certified shop).
  • Fuel efficiency initiatives
  • Tire replacement
  • And other bus services.

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://money.msn.com/now/and-the-city-with-the-best-drivers-is#tscptmf

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/08/28/all-your-suspicions-confirmed-washington-has-nations-worst-drivers/

http://www.racinetransit.com/benefits.html

About Maryland Handheld Cell Phone Ban for Commercial Drivers

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Maryland Mechanical repairs

Do you frequently pick up your cell phone while operating commercial vehicles? You are not alone.

Maryland State Police have seen the number of commercial drivers using cell phones while operating trucks and other commercial vehicles soar this year.

Cell phone distractions while operating commercial vehicles are extremely dangerous.

To address this deadly practice, Maryland State Police have a plan to aggressively implement Maryland’s cell phone ban enforcement.

There have been at least 977 cell phone violations from commercial drivers since mid July.

It’s important that all commercial companies inform their commercial drivers of the dangers that come with cell phone distracts to prevent cell phone violations.

The aggressiveness of the cell phone ban enforcement will strengthen over the next few months. This cell phone ban enforcement includes a ban on interstate truck drivers using cell phones while driving. The FMCSA is enforcing this ban for at least two years to reduce cellphone violations.

The state of Maryland already has a ban in place on using handheld cell phones while driving. This cell phone ban will officially become a primary offense ban by October 1st, 2013.

The primary offense will authorize Maryland State Police to stop and cite commercial drivers for using their cell phones without commercial drivers committing any other offense.

The enforcement is crucial to driver safety because cell phone distractions are just as dangerous as drunk driving.

In fact commercial drivers that use hand-held cell phones while operating commercial vehicles are 4 times more likely to experience a serious car crash.

Every day there are over 800,000 drivers using hand-held cell phones while operating vehicles.

Thousands of lives are saved every year when commercial drivers do not use hand-held cell phones.

Make sure your drivers use hand-free mobile devices while operating your commercial vehicles.

As for overall commercial vehicle safety, leave it up to Middleton & Meads.

We are the one-stop shop for truck solutions, bus solutions and overall mechanical repairs/ collision repairs.

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.mmtanet.com/files/ENews082013.pdf

http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/files/Driving-While-Using-Cell-Phone-as-Dangerous-as-Driving-While-Drunk.html

Is the Hours of Service provision still in effect?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Hours of Service provision

Have you heard about the Hours-of-Service provision?

What is the Hours-of-Service provision?

The Hours-of-Service provision is a ruling that required short-haul drivers to take 30-minute breaks during daily truck driving.

Just this month on Friday August 2nd the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the ruling. However, the American Trucking Associations has confirmed that the U.S. Court of Appeals striking down the provision does not take immediate effect. Short-haul drivers are still required to take 30-minute breaks.

The provision is not immediately dismissed because opposing parties to the Court’s ruling have up to 45 days to make a challenge.

Only when no parties seek a rehearing will the Court’s decision to strike down the provision take effect. The 45 days to challenge goes until September 9th.

Until further notice, short haul drivers need to comply with the hours of service provisions. The regulations from the hours of service have been in effect since July 1st, 2013.

The reasons the Courts have struck down the ruling vary but the primary reason was the uncertainty on how the house of service provision impact specific short haul operations.

One major question on the minds of short-haul drivers is focused on the application of the 30-minute break in relation to short haul drivers that are on duty for 12 hours or more.

It’s important that short haul drivers are operating the safest trucks on the road for those extended hours of work no matter if the Hours-of-Service provision is effective or not.

Truck transport is what keeps America moving. Truck drivers must safely move things across America, port to port (including the Port of Baltimore).

The transport of goods changes on the daily and short haul drivers are an ever-growing population within the truck-driving workforce.

Here at Middleton & Meads we provide Truck Solutions to help your fleet work together better.

The following are services we can provide your short haul drivers:

  • Schedule fleet preventative maintenance
  • Well designed strategy for fuel efficiency
  • Reduce downtime for vehicles in your fleet
  • Regular updates on state and federal regulations
  • Mechanical repairs for seasonal changes/ truck maintenance
  • Reduced tire replacement costs

Learn about our Fleet Management and Frequently Asked Questions to find out about all the benefits we offer to short haul drivers. Yes, this includes Mechanical repairs such as:

•     Brake repairs

•     Clutch repairs

•     Air dryer repairs

•     Starter replacement

We also offer collision repairs for all truck and trailer makes and model.

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:

www.facebook.com/mdmotortruck

http://www.portjobs.org/storage/documents/bigrig_shorthaul.pdf

Back to School: The importance of Bus Fleet Repairs

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

bus fleet repairs

The back to school season is quickly approaching. It’s time to have your bus fleet inspected and have bus repairs completed to ensure the safety of students and school bus drivers alike.

Here at Middleton & Meads, our mechanics are well trained to perform bus repairs for all makes and models. Best of all we perform bus repairs at an affordable price.

In the United States of America there are roughly 450,000 school buses on the road every school year. The school transportation industry spends more than $15 billion dollars a year on bus maintenance.

It’s important that buses are up to date on bus repairs because bus fleets transport more than 25,000,000 million children to and from school. More than 50 percent of students K-12 are school bus transportation passengers.

What are the top concerns for school bus transportation safety?

  1. A good school bus paint job. Yes, a paint job is important because school bus fleets should have uniform look to help children recognize them nationwide. Yellow is a color students and parents alike can recognize in any bad weather condition, including fog. If your bus fleet has a good paint job, you will help improve the safety of students no matter the geographic location.

  2. High quality seat belts. The average school bus can safely transport two high school age students or three young children per bus seat unit. No children should seat in the bus aisle or sit partially in a seat. Our mechanics can repair any inadequate seat-belts for your bus fleet.

Bottom line: Middleton & Meads is here to reduce school bus injuries and keep your fleet safe on the road.

When children cross the street to board your school buses, you want to assure parents that your drivers can abruptly brake during any emergency. We can assure you this with our exceptional mechanical repairs.

Middleton  & Meads is dedicated to providing you high quality bus fleet solutions to meet your transportation needs. Our mechanics will:

  • Schedule fleet preventative maintenance.
  • Minimize the cost for  breakdown repairs.
  • Increase your fuel efficiency.
  • Decrease downtime for your bus fleet.
  • Diagnose major issues before they become major issues.
  • Decrease insurance costs.
  • Assist with state and federal regulations.
  • Help you manage any post-accident process.
  • Customize the appearance of your bus fleet.
  • Prepare your fleet for seasonal changes.
  • Decrease your tire replacement costs.
  • And much more!

We can do repairs on brakes, starters, air conditioning 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.schmittyandsons.com/school_bus_faqs.cfm

http://www.stnonline.com/faqs

http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=21013

 

Truck Solutions: How to avoid E-ZPass Toll Violations

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

E-zPass toll system

Have you or a truck driver you know been pulled over for an E-ZPass toll violation? It’s not out of the norm. This year E-ZPass toll violations are increasing at staggering rates.

BESTPASS, a toll partner of the MMTA has monitored E-ZPass toll violations and the organization has seen an increase in violation appeal.  The toll agencies have rejected the majority of violation appeals related to the E-ZPass system of tolling.

Some truck drivers have been subjected to more than $1,000 fees for five violations. The most common E-ZPass toll violation has been going through an E-ZPass toll lane in a truck or vehicle that did not have an account. This is identified by license plates.

Any truck driver that signs up for an E-ZPass account is required to list all license plates used as company vehicles. This is mandatory because E-ZPass tolls are paid electronically.

Transponders cannot be used in company vehicles. The only exception is when a vehicle license plate is already on an E-ZPass account.

It is important to not use a transponder in a company vehicle to avoid violation tolls and hefty fees.

The best prevention is to keep track of all license plate numbers used on the E-ZPass account.

As a company owner, you should add these types of vehicles to your E-ZPass account:

  • Registered vehicles
  • Leased vehicles
  • Rented vehicles
  • Contracted vehicles

The E-ZPass system is great for companies that have drivers cross bridges and major highways on the regular.

Saving minutes spent driving can save both time and money for your company.

It’s easy to use. All a driver has to do is place the E-ZPass box on the windshield to pay tolls. All transactions are electronically recorded so you may keep track of the toll usage and your company account balance at all times.

Best of all, the E-ZPass can replenish your account any time you are low if you grant the E-ZPass system authorization to charge your corporate credit card.

E-ZPass only lanes make truck driving faster, quicker and easier. Do not speed through E-ZPass lanes to avoid administrative fees. Speed should not exceed 5 miles per hour.

Middleton & Meads is here to keep your fleet transportation safe and efficient.

We offer the following truck solutions for company vehicles:

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.mmtanet.com/files/ENews061413.pdf

http://brooklyn.about.com/od/gettingaround/qt/Tips-On-Ez-Pass-For-Brooklyn-And-Other-Nyc-Area-Drivers.htm

http://www.transportation.wv.gov/turnpike/pages/ezpassfaq.aspx#14