Archive for the ‘Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration News’ Category

Youth Driving Guidelines: What you need to know to avoid problems

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate. You are trying to run your company, remain profitable, and expand. And you are trying to do all of this while keeping up with industry, state, and federal regulations.

Luckily, we can help you understand the last part.

Youth Driving Guidelines

If you hire individuals under the age of 18, then you are required by law to follow the federal youth employment provisions. And trust us, there are a lot of provisions! But today, we are just going to focus on those guidelines regarding minors and driving while on the job.

  • No one under the age of 17 is permitted to drive any vehicle in the course of employment.
  • Hazardous Occupations Order No.2 (HO 2) generally prohibits minors under 18 years of age from serving as an outside helper whose work includes riding on a motor vehicle outside the cab for the purpose of assisting in transporting or delivering goods.
  • Employees who are 17 years of age or older may drive a motor vehicle below 10,001 lbs., but only if certain conditions are met. Visit http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs34.htm for a full list of those conditions.

When state youth employment laws differ from the federal provisions, an employer must comply with the higher standard.

If you have any questions about the Youth Driving Guidelines, please 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!

Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

 

Maryland Expands its Use of Virtual Weigh Stations (VWS) :: Trucking News

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The state of Maryland began using virtual weigh stations (VWS) in 2009 in Howard County. These VWS checkpoints consist of sensors in the road to determine a truck’s weight, working in conjunction with an overhead camera used to identify the carrier. The VWS computes the truck’s weight and determines whether a safety inspection is needed, based on the compliance record of the truck carrier.

Expanding the use of Virtual Weight Stations in Maryland

Over the past several years, the State Highway Administration has expanded its uses of VWS, installing virtual scales on Route 50/301 approaching the Bay Bridge, Route 301 North about 2 miles south of Route 227, along MD 213 near Delaware, and on I-95 at Caton Avenue in Baltimore, with a future site planned at I-83 North near Pennsylvania. And there appears to be no end in sight for the expansion of the VWS program.

If you have any questions about Virtual Weigh Stations or The Trucking Industry, please 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!

Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

 

$105.2 Billion Highway Reauthorization Passed by Congress

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Recently, on 29 June 2012, Congress passed the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” a $105.2 billion highway reauthorization bill. The bill includes the following:

  • Tolls: The bill maintains the status quo on allowing states to toll existing Interstates, but makes it easier to build new Interstate lanes with toll financing.
  • Truck Size: There is no increase in size and weight limits.
  • Freight Policy: The bill established a new National Freight Network and requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a national freight plan.
  • Broker Bond: Increased the broker bond to $75k.
  • Wetliness: DOT is prohibited from publishing a wetlines rule for 2 years or until a GAO study determines whether such a rule will be necessary.
  • Entrant Testing: New entrant motor carriers must complete a proficiency test on safety regulations and complete a DOT safety review within one year.
  • Employer Notification: Within 1 year, FMCSA must establish standards for state systems that automatically notify motor carriers of drivers’ moving violations and other changes.
  • Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: Within 2 years, DOT will establish a clearinghouse to capture drivers’ positive drug/alcohol test results. 
  • 34 Hour Restart: DOT must complete a field study by March 31, 2013 of the changes to the  hours of service 34 hour restart provision, which is due to go into effect in July 2013.
  • Electronic Truck Logs: Within 1 year, DOT must establish guidelines for electronic logs (EOBRs) for motor carriers, who will have 2 years to install the new devices. 

The bill provides a continuation of existing federal transportation funding levels through Sept. 30, 2014.

If you have any questions about The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act or The Trucking Industry, please 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.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

 

Maryland Truck Company Forced to Shut Down by FMCSA

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A Maryland trucking company, Gunthers Transport, LLC, was forced to close last year after it was issued an “imminent hazard out-of-service order” by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This was after a FMCSA safety review of the company’s operations found several hours-of-service and vehicle maintenance violations. It was determined that these violations substantially increased the likelihood of serious injury or death to the motoring public.

  1. Gunthers Transport allowed its drivers to falsify their hours-of-service records and exceed the 11-hour limit for daily driving.
  2. Gunthers Transport did not require its drivers to perform pre-trip vehicle safety inspections.

“Safety is our number-one priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Commercial truck companies that recklessly disregard federal safety regulations will be shut down and removed from our roadways.”

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2011/GUNTHERS-TRANSPORTS-LLC.pdf.

“FMCSA has zero tolerance for unsafe trucking companies that place the traveling public at risk. If they do not play by the safety rules of the road, we will take away their ability to operate,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.

Don’t let the same thing happen to your company!

Trust your fleet’s maintenance to Middleton & Meads.

Monitoring a fleet can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why Middleton & Meads offers a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan to minimize costly breakdowns. From cost reports to scheduling notifications, the Middleton & Meads Fleet Management System can help track your vehicle’s maintenance history as well as the costs to maintain your fleet. A well-managed fleet with well-maintained vehicles is sure to help boost the fuel economy of your trucks!

Middleton & Meads: We keep your Vehicle on the Road and you in Business!

If you have any questions about Fleet Management, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Maryland trucking company declared “imminent hazard to the public”

Click It or Ticket: Seatbelts Save Lives :: Maryland Transportation News

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) annual Click It or Ticket campaign is currently underway. The two-week crack down on seatbelt enforcement will run through June 3rd.

Interesting Click It or Ticket Facts and Statistics

  • Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.
  • Of all passenger vehicle occupants ejected from their vehicles, 78% suffered fatal injuries.
  • If all passenger vehicle occupants (ages 5 and older) had worn their seatbelts in 2010, and additional 3,341 lives could have been saved.
  • 70% of 18-34 year old passenger vehicle occupants killed in rural crashes at night were unbuckled.
  • For SUV, pickup, and van occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent.
  • Young men are most at risk. Among passenger vehicle occupants, men ages 18-34, who were killed in fatal crashes, 66% were not buckled – the highest of any age group.
  • The 2-week Click It or Ticket campaign has resulted in more than 3 million seatbelt violations over the last five years.
  • The Click It or Ticket campaign averages a ticket every other second!

 

You can help protect your friends and family when you lead by example and remind others to buckle up. It turns out 9 out of 10 people fasten their seatbelt when asked to do so. So speak up and buckle up, every time on every trip.

If you have any questions about Click It or Ticket, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Click It or Ticket

 

Trucking Industry News: Reducing the Stopping Distance of Class 8 Tractors

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

In an effort to make the stopping capabilities of tractor trailers similar to that of a typical passenger car, The U.S. government enacted a three-year program (completed in August 2013) to help reduce the stopping distance of Class 8 tractors. The first phase, which went into effect August 2011, covered three axle tractors up to 59,600 pounds gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR). The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) regulations will eventually include all tractors with GVWRs over 59,600 pounds.

Important Information Regarding the Reduction of Class 8 Tractor Stopping Distances

  1. Steer Axle: The primary change to the tractors’ brakes is on the steer axle. This is because a weight transfer occurs during high deceleration, adding significant load to the steer axle. As a result, more torque can be added to the steer brakes. Therefore, it is important for these tractors to have either larger, higher torque drum brakes on the steer axle, or higher torque air disc brakes.
  2. Two Basics: First of all, brake replacement linings must be selected to assure the friction level of the replacement lining produces equivalent brake torque to the original equipment (OE) linings. Secondly, the introduction of large volumes of air disc brakes to the North American market increases the potential for naturally occurring compatibility problems between disc and drum brakes.
  3. Brake Lining Ratings: The Technology and Maintenance Council’s Recommended Practice 628, Aftermarket Brake Lining Qualification is a voluntary system for rating aftermarket brake linings…and it’s free!
  4. Air Disc Brakes vs. Air Actuated Drum Brakes: Remember, these two are different animals all together, with differences in both design and friction material. The disc brake is the newer product and it has all the advantages of disc brakes on cars, including consistent torque output, significantly reduced fade, and potentially longer life. 

If you have any questions about the Reduction of Class 8 Tractor Stopping Distances, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Tractor Braking Systems

 

Trucking Industry News: Hours of Service Handbooks Coming Soon

Friday, April 6th, 2012

We already told you about the new changes to the hours of service rules in our previous blog, Trucking Industry News: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Several Changes to Hours of Service Rules. While most of these changes will not go into effect until next summer – July 1, 2013 to be exact – a few key rule changes have already become effective. These include:

  • Time resting in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) will now be counted as off-duty time in lieu of the current on-duty time.  It is important to note that this off-duty time does NOT extend the 14 consecutive hour daily limit; however, it can be used to allow a driver to extend his weekly limits.  There is no limit on the amount of time that a driver can rest in a parked commercial vehicle.
  • A new “egregious” hours of service violation – defined as exceeding the maximum daily drive time of 11 hours by three or more hours – begins in February.  The penalty for this violation can be as much as $2,750 for a driver and $11,000 for the motor carrier.

Are you having trouble keeping up with these new rules? If so, you are not alone. But you are in luck!

HOS Handbook coming soon to MMTA: This spiral bound 200+ page handbook clearly explains the new HOS final rule with compliance dates 2/27/12 and 7/01/13. The book also includes logging scenarios and examples, and a list of FAQ’s.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: All books preordered by April 7th are only $5.25 regardless of quantity ordered!

Call 410-644-4600 today and reserve your copies, or email Selena at sgriffin@mmtanet.com.

More information, including Q&A, a copy of the rule, and a comparison chart summarizing key changes, is available at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos-final/hos-final-rule.aspx.

If you have any questions about the Hours of Service Handbooks, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

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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Trucking Industry News: Maryland’s General Assembly Enters Final Weeks

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

With only a few weeks remaining in Maryland’s General Assembly, many issues still remain unresolved. The issues still being debated that concern the transportation industry include:

  • Require mandatory off-loading of vehicles carrying perishable products if they exceed the gross vehicle weight limit by more than 5,000 lbs.
  • Permit Baltimore City to install height detectors to electronically enforce time-of-day restrictions on prohibited truck routes.
  • Authorize the Maryland State Police to adopt certain sections of Parts 385 and 386 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, governing new entrant carriers and carriers declared as imminent hazards.
  • Tighten the procedures for public hearings and notice requirements before the MD Transportation Authority approves a toll increase.
  • Prevent transfers of monies out of the Transportation Trust Fund.
  • Eliminate an outdated certification requirement for drivers carrying controlled hazardous substances.
  • Expand the sales tax to dozens of services, including motor vehicle repair and maintenance.
  • Make the state’s cell phone ban a primary offense.

 

Perhaps the most controversial proposal came straight from Governor Martin O’Malley, himself. On March 14th the House and Senate committees in the Maryland General Assembly began deliberations on the Governor’s proposal to apply the state’s 6% sales tax to both gasoline and diesel.

  • The current motor fuel excise tax of 23 cents/gallon for gasoline and 24.25 cents/gallon for diesel would remain intact.
  • The 6% sales tax would be phased in at 2% per year over three years.
  • The sales tax would be calculated based on the six month average cost of the lowest grade of gasoline and then applied to both gas and diesel.
  • The tax would be calculated after subtracting the current federal and state excise taxes.

 

Maryland Motor Truck Association members joined the MMTA in opposition to the proposal. Where do you stand on the Governor’s proposal? Let us know how you feel!

MMTA’s top priority remains its opposition to any new fuel taxes that include diesel.  on a proposal introduced by Governor Martin O’Malley that would  If passed, the plan would generate $650 million in transportation revenues.  Details include:

More importantly, voice any displeasure to your legislators and express your opposition to any fuel tax increase. Legislators can be called at 1-800-492-7122. The operator will tell you who your legislators are based on your home or business address.  E-mails can be sent by looking up your legislators’ addresses at www.mdelect.net.  Please act now!

The General Assembly adjourns on April 9.  A list of all bills that MMTA is tracking is available at www.mmtanet.com.

If you have any questions about Governor O’Malley’s Tax Plan, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

Trucking Industry News: CDL Holders Provide Proof of Medical Certification

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

As of January 30, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is requiring medical certification (Med Cert) status and the information contained on the medical examiner’s certificate (DOT card) to be included in the driving records of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders. So what does this mean for CDL holders?

• CDL applicants will be required to certify which of the four types of commercial driving (commerce) they will be performing.

• CDL holders operating in interstate commerce, and subject to medical eligibility requirements, will be required to provide a copy of each new Med Cert document to the MVA prior to the expiration of their current documentation. Drivers in other categories may also be required to provide this information to the MVA.

• All CDL holders will be required to provide the MVA with updated self-certification status and Med Cert documentation, if required, by January 30, 2014. The MVA will begin contacting CDL holders for updated Med Cert documents beginning January 30, 2012.  Failure to supply the required information or downgrade to a noncommercial license will result in cancellation of the CDL holders entire commercial and noncommercial driving privilege/license.

• CDL holders can conveniently submit their information through the mail, e-mail, or by faxing the necessary documentation. Specific details regarding this process will be included in the notices provided by the MVA. Please read the FAQ’s for more information.

You DO NOT need to submit your medical certification information to the MVA until you have been directly contacted by the Administration. However, if you visit a MVA branch office to renew or obtain a duplicate, corrected, or new CDL, you will be required to present valid Med Cert documentation at that time

For more information, go to www.mva.maryland.gov/Driver-Services/CDL/default.htm.

If you have any questions about the FMCSA’s New Regulations for CDL Holders, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

Confusion over Medical Certificate Cleared

New Medical Certification Requirements – A Guide for CDL Holders

Trucking Industry News: Governor Plans to Apply Sales Tax to Motor Fuels

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) is closely following Maryland’s General Assembly, specifically Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposal to apply the state’s 6% sales tax to motor fuels. MMTA’s Board of Directors opposes any fuel tax increase that includes diesel.

Highlights of Governor O’Malley’s Plan

  • Applying the state’s 6% sales tax to motor fuels, phased in at 2% per year over three years.
  • There is a braking mechanism that slows the phase in if gas prices rise significantly in years two and three.
  • This proposal will raise the cost of fuel by at least 18 cents per gallon.
  • The sales tax would be applied to the retail price of motor fuel, based on the six-month average cost of the lowest grade of gasoline, minus federal and state excise taxes.
  • The tax would be paid by the wholesaler/distributor as it first enters the state.
  • The legislation also includes some modest protection that the monies will be used for transportation purposes, as well as restoration of some lost local transportation aid to counties and municipalities.

 

A full list of the bills that MMTA is tracking in the General Assembly is available at www.mmtanet.com.

If you have any questions about the Governor O’Malley’s Tax Plan, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!