Archive for October, 2013

Can fleet management services cut down operating costs?

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Truck Fleet Maintenance

Are your truck fleet cost rising? Are you constantly searching for  ways to cut down your operating costs? You can lower your fleet management bill by having regular truck maintenance performed for your vehicles.

With regular truck maintenance you can reduce your fleet management costs, including a lower fleet  fuel cost.
How do you lower your fuel cost? You can with regular tire maintenance because tires with a long life span can  reduce the fuel cost by helping your fleet not work as hard.
There are other ways regular truck maintenance can help cut down your fleet management costs. Here are some benefits of regular truck maintenance:

– Have alignment checks completed to prevent your tires from rapidly wearing down. This will not only keep your truck drivers safe on the road but it will make the truck fleet more fuel efficient.
– Have your tires balanced to remove cab vibrations.
– Have valve caps installed for your tire valve stems to protect your tires from road dirt that eventually makes your tires leak air.
Bottom line: Preventative maintenance will  reduce your chances of having expensive fleet repairs because your fleet will be regularly inspected and repaired for automotive problems. This means no extensive downtime,  more fuel savings and more cash flow for your company.
Let us help you save lives and money with our Fleet Management services.  We are ready to monitor your fleet while you focus on running your company.
Routine checks and overall preventative maintenance are crucial to having a healthy fleet and saving money on operating costs. Middleton & Meads will help you accurately identify what equipment and repairs your fleet needs throughout the year, from fluid leaks to emission maintenance we have you covered. The preventative maintenance schedule we tailor to your fleet will help you protect your truck fleet from wear and tear on a monthly basis.If it comes to a point where you are better off trading in trucks or buying new trucks, we will let you know. We are always here to save you time and money.

For more information on effective fleet management, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & 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.worktruckonline.com/article/story/2007/07/40-ways-to-reduce-truck-fleet-costs.aspx

http://www.selectrucks.com/truckingtips/maintenance.aspx

Attend the MMTA Impaired Driving Workshop October 29th

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Truck Drivers

Impaired driving can come with a hefty cost for your company but how much can impaired driving cost?

The Maryland Motor Truck Association Safety Management Council is having a workshop on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Snyder’s Willow Grove to help you learn about the cost of impaired driving. Snyder’s Willow Grove is located on 841 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. The gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. follow by dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

The cost for the workshop is $40, advance payment preferred.

What is impaired driving?

Impaired driving is the occurrence of a driver experience a reduction in driving performance because of alcohol or drug abuse. Every 30 minutes impaired driving kills.

It is important to educate drivers about impaired driving because it is a liability risks and social issue that puts the transportation industry on edge. Thankfully, impaired driving losses of life and property damage are preventable.

How is impaired driving preventable?

By educating the public, we can help more drivers make wise/ responsible decisions about alcohol and drug usage. The safety advocacy can stop impaired driving before it starts.

At our impaired driving workshop,BGE  will speak about the success of its award winning ‘Rethinking Drinking Campaign’.

To attend the event, you must RSVP by phone or fax by October 24th.

REGISTER ONLINE AT:

https://connect.computility.com/f/fid.php?id=1c6c2e80eedc58b6f05a4d17dde8810a

For more information on preventing impaired driving, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & 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.safteng.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=314&Itemid=151

www.mmtanet.com

Don’t Miss The Boosting Your Business Meeting November 6th

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Boost Your Business Workshop i November 11

Are you searching for ways to yield more sales for your commercial business? Then you don’t want to miss the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Boosting Your Business meeting on Wednesday November 6th, from 8:30am to noon. The Boosting Your Business meeting will be held in Ellicott City.

For only $25 you will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast, full lunch, and hear some of the best industry leaders speak on great ways to boost your business sales. You may also have an opportunity to win door prizes.

Here are some topics you can expect to be covered at the Boosting Your Business meeting:

  • Anne Ferro, the FMCSA Administrator, will provide all participants the latest updates on CSA, hours of service and mandatory electronic logs.
  • Kelly Anderson, the Driver recruitment specialist will provide excellent tips and tricks to help your business locally recruit and retain quality truck drivers. Kelly will also offer insightful information on common mistakes that happen during truck driver recruitment.
  • Bob Franklin, General Counsel, will provide information on the top legal issues impacting businesses in the transportation industry.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to further advance your company growth and network with the best in the industry. The early bird registration for the Boost Your Business meeting will go until Wednesday October 23 for $25. Click the Register today link or call 410.644.4600 to reserve your spot or learn more information about this great business event.

To better manage your fleet today, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & 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!

What are the details of the I-95 Express Toll Plan?

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Fleet Management and E-ZPass

In our blog post ‘I-95 Toll Lanes Price Approved for Maryland‘ you learned about the Maryland Transportation Authority Board approving prices for the I-95 express toll lanes. Residents of Maryland have until November 4th, 2013 to voice their thoughts about the toll lane prices. The final vote on the toll lane prices happens on December 12th, 2013.

What are the specific plans for the I-95 express toll?

The Maryland Transportation Authority Board has finally made an announcement.

The proposed I-95 Express Toll Plan for the state of Maryland has been defined. The I-95 Express Toll lane will officially open late 2014. There will be two lanes added both ways for I-95, precisely between I-895 and MD 43.

Truck drivers and commuters will have the option of traveling the non-tolled lanes or travel the I-95 Express Toll lanes in exchange for an electronic toll pay. Those using the I-95 Express Toll lanes must sign up for the E-ZPass .

If you are the driver of a five axel vehicle, you can expect to pay between $1.50- $2:10 per mile during peak hours. Off peak hour cost will be between $1.20  – $1.8-0 for five-axle vehicles. Overnight cost will be the least expensive having pay from $0.60-$1.80.

The cost of the I-95 Express Toll lanes will vary on the level of congestion I-95 will have at any given time.

Eventually the Express Toll lanes will have other enhancements including:

  • The reconfiguration of the I-95 interchanges: I-895, I-695, and MD 43. This enhancement will occur to reduce congestion and make traffic operations easier.
  • There will be a removal of left-hand exits at the I-695 interchange.
  • Traffic patterns will be modified for the southbound I-95 lanes at I-895.
  • There will also be a replacement of the deficient bridges of MD 43 (two total).

To keep up with this developing story, visit http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/. Middleton & Meads is here to keep your fleet safe on the road with our Truck Solutions and Mechanical Repair Services.

To contact Middleton & 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.mmtanet.com/files/ENews092713.pdf

http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/