Archive for September, 2013

Is it a good idea to outsource for bus fleet management services?

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Do you have your bus fleet serviced In-house? Is it interfering with your business productivity? Then it’s time to hire Middleton & Meads to handle your bus maintenance services and overall Fleet Management services.

Middleton & Meads is not your ordinary outsourced fleet management/ maintenance service provider. Take us as an extension of your business. We are a one-stop repair shop that’s 100% dedicated to cutting costs for our clients while keeping their fleets safe on the road.

Outsourced fleet management/ bus maintenance service is a great way for a company to analyze their business budget and find ways to directly/ indirectly save on fleet maintenance cost.
Here at Middleton & Meads we want you to focus on running your business as we keep your fleet in good condition.

With our upkeep and repair services, we can increase the efficiency of your fleet in no time. We will also increase the profitability you reap from your fleet.

With our preventative maintenance will improve the safety of your bus drivers, the satisfaction of your bus riders and the accuracy of your fleet operations.

You can have peace of mind that we are doing everything to reduce the risk that come with improper fleet management.

With our fleet management services, your bus fleet bodies will not rust, corrode or experience road shock. This level of maintenance will extend the life of your fleet. We do paint jobs; tire replacements and other commercial bus solutions.

Our state of the art fleet management system is the best decision you can make for your fleet. We will tailor a fleet management plan to help minimize expensive breakdowns and we will accurately keep track of all vehicle maintenance history and costs. Our fleet management services include PM Service to ensure your fleet has the proper preventative maintenance at all times.

Yes this includes oil changes, top off windshield washer fluid, brake fluid check/ top off and fuel filter replacement.

Middleton and Meads is here to keep you fleet safe and sound with our Mechanical Repairs and  Fleet Management services.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 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.firstvehicleservices.com/why-outsource-maintenance

http://ks.enconline.com/faqs_products.aspx

I-95 Toll Lanes Price Approved for Maryland

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Fleet Management Services and Toll Lanes

Good news and bad news for truck drivers. I-95 toll lanes price are hefty and approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority Board.

The price truck drivers will be subjected to will all depend on the time of day and the type of vehicle they are operating when they pass through the I-95 toll lanes.

To give you some perspective,  a standard car passing through the I-95 toll lanes  would pay during peak hours, at the most, 35 cents  per mile.

I-95 toll lanes stretch 7-miles.

It’s expected that the average commuter will pay  at least $5 during rush hour  to go through the toll lanes.

The I-95 toll lanes will open in 2014. The toll lanes will be located between Interstate 95 east and north of Baltimore.

On a positive note, the I-95 toll lanes will make commuting quicker and better for drivers willing to pay the price.

Peak hours will range between 25 and 35 cents per mile for toll lane expense.

Residents of Maryland have the opportunity to give their thoughts about the cost to the Maryland Transportation Authority Board util November 4th, 2013.

The final vote for the price hike will be December 12th, 2013.

The State of Maryland constructed the tolls to  reduce congestion.

State Officials such as MdTA Acting Executive Security  Bruce Gartner expects  178,000 drivers will use the I-95 toll lanes weekly for the work commute.

The  four I-95 toll lanes are completely electronic lanes. Drivers using the toll lanes will need to purchase an E-ZPass.

Anyone using the toll lanes without an E-ZPass will have a citation sent to them and be required to pay a fee for the driving violation.

Large tractor trailers will pay the most expensive fees to use the I-95  toll lanes.

Maryland is considering making all toll lanes in the state electronic toll lanes as more and more drivers start to use E-ZPass.

Purchasing an E-ZPass saves time and money by reducing your time stuck in traffic. As long as you have the appropriate registration information connected to your E-ZPass, you cannot go wrong with your E-ZPass as you go through toll lanes.

Your E-ZPass will also inform you when you have a low balance to make sure you are good to go on the road. You can have your E-ZPass add more funds by providing your credit card information to automatically withdraw when funds are low. Your account statements will help you monitor your fleet activity and keep you within your budget.

Middleton and Meads is here to keep you safe and sound during your busy work commutes with our Mechanical Repairs and  Fleet Management services.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 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.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-md-95-etl-pricing-20130919,0,712940,full.story

http://seniortravel.about.com/od/rvtravelroadtrips/qt/EZPass.htm

How to prevent fatal bus accidents with fleet management services

Friday, September 13th, 2013

bus fleet management

This Friday September 13, 5 adults were injured in a Wheaton school bus crash. Out of the five injured, one person is seriously injured.

At the scene of the accident, the front end of a car and school bus are severely damaged. So far the police are unclear what caused the bus accident. Often bus accidents do not have a particular reason why a crash occurs. The police and fire officials have not stated whether students were on board the bus.

Based upon bus accident statistics, here are common causes of bus accidents:

  • Driver negligence
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Defective brakes on the bus
  • Challenging road ways (difficult to see or navigate)
  • Lack of bus maintenance

How can you prevent bus accidents for your bus fleet?

Middleton & Meads can handle your Fleet Management services.  We understand how challenging it can be to monitor a bus fleet. With our bus fleet management system, we can develop a custom plan that will minimize the costly breakdowns of your bus fleet. We will also keep track of all vehicle maintenance history and costs to properly maintain your bus fleet annually.

Our fleet management plan includes a PM service plan that keeps your fleet current on oil changes, oil filter changes, top-off windshield washer fluid, coolant level/ top-off, check/ top-off brake fluid and much more!
Your drivers can also be pro-active at preventing bus crashes by practicing driving safety, refraining from cell phone usage while driving and not driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Remember alert bus drivers are key to preventing bus collisions.Middleton & Meads is here to not only keep your fleet in good shape. We are also here to help you prevent fatal bus crashes.

Operator fatigue and the poor maintenance of a bus fleet are the two most common reasons fatal bus crashes happen.

Our mechanical repairs and regular bus maintenance are designed to address poor occupant protection; poor bus maintenance and fatigued driver concern.

You can count on Middleton & Meads to ensure your bus fleet safety, from improved seating to better window emergency exits.

Learn about our bus solutions.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 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.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Five-Adults-Injured-in-Wheaton-School-Bus-Crash-223610201.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_DCBrand

http://www.tomkileylaw.com/library/boston-accident-attorney-public-transportation-mbta-accident-lawyer1.html

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-06-16/opinions/35235138_1_bus-operators-bus-driver-and-six-bus-crashes

The Importance of Post Labor Day Bus Fleet Management Services

Friday, September 6th, 2013

bus repairs

School has started but some changes may happen in Maryland after this school year.

The Bureau of Revenue Estimates has released information that states can reap economic benefits from public school starting after Labor Day.

How can an after Labor Day school start bring in more economic benefits for states like Maryland?

It all comes down to two things: Tourism and recreational activities by families.

If Maryland public schools start after Labor Day, the state can receive roughly $74.3 million a year from tourism and family recreational activities.

From that figure, there will be $3.7 million in new wages and $7.7 million for state and local revenues related to the following vacation destinations:

  • Ocean City
  • Deep Creek lake
  • Historic Annapolis
  • Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Tourism is the 4th most profitable industry in Maryland.

Currently the Maryland Chamber is working on policies that will assist tourism in Maryland to grow.

The SB 963/HB 1502 – Task Force is doing a Post-Labor Day Start date sturdy for Maryland Public schools.

The Maryland Legislature will reveal information from this study June 2014.

As your bus fleet starts a busy school year, it’s important that you have a good fleet maintenance schedule set in place with Middleton & Meads.

Here at our one-stop mechanical repairs and maintenance facility, Middleton & Meads offers total fleet management services. Yes, this includes all mechanical, collision and painting needs for your fleet.

With over 90 years in bus repairs and services, you can count on us to prepare your bus fleet to take on hot days as well as harsh, cold days. Yes, snow and ice will be on the way in no time.

It is highly recommended that you schedule maintenance and complete any bus repairs needed before snow and ice come. It’s the days when inclement weather conditions come that you will need your buses to operate very efficiently.

With our bus maintenance services and bus repairs, we recommend that your bus drivers prepare to leave earlier to avoid traffic delays and weather delays that come throughout the school season.

One of the most important things you can have completed for your bus fleet are tire replacements. You can never go wrong with tire replacements.

Middleton & Meads is dedicated to providing your fleet optimum performance no matter the weather conditions or the season.

With our high quality preventive maintenance services, you will say operation cost for your bus fleet and ensure safety of your bus drivers and passengers.

Learn about our bus solutions.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 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.chamberactionnetwork.com/2013/08/economic-impact-report-released-on-benefits-of-post-labor-day-school-start-date/

http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/Bus-Maintenance/Articles/Print/Story/2001/09/Preparing-Your-Fleet-for-Wintry-Conditions.aspx