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I-95 Tanker Explosion Shows the Importance of Winter Truck Safety

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
truck explosion

If you were on the internet in the Baltimore, Maryland area this past weekend during the ice and sleet storm that rained down on the area, you undoubtedly saw the tragic and terrifying video of a tanker exploding on I-95 in Baltimore traffic.

If you were on the internet in the Baltimore, Maryland area this past weekend during the ice and sleet storm that rained down on the area, you undoubtedly saw the tragic and terrifying video of a tanker exploding on I-95 in Baltimore traffic. The video serves as a tragic reminder of the importance of winter truck safety throughout the East coast. How can you stay safe this winter and avoid a deadly accident?

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The Real Dangers of Texting and Trucking

Friday, September 30th, 2016
While you may have heard of the dangers of texting and driving regular cars, it’s vital we talk about how texting while trucking has led to a huge national rise in truck accidents.

While you may have heard of the dangers of texting and driving regular cars, it’s vital we talk about how texting while trucking has led to a huge national rise in truck accidents.

It’s always tempting to look at your cell phone when you’re driving, especially when your commute depends on weather and traffic conditions.  On a time constraint?  A rainstorm can mean the difference between arriving late and showing up on time.  And our phones are second nature, now; we look at them every chance we get.  While you may have heard of the dangers of texting and driving regular cars, it’s vital we talk about how texting while trucking has led to a huge national rise in truck accidents.  Curious about the risks?  Read on.


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Construction Equals Traffic for I-95

Friday, March 27th, 2015

I-95Trucks and other vehicles that count on I-95 as their main highway to reach their destinations are in for an abrupt halt come Sunday, March 29th. Starting Sunday, construction will begin once again for a 4.4 mile portion of I-95 that will conclude a two year project for the highway. The $60 million project on the interstate is predicted to bring serious traffic jams and a number of headaches for commuters during high traffic hours.

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The Express Toll Lanes of I-95

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Residential and commercial drivers can rejoice because the I-95 Express Toll Lanes are in full use and working successfully. Plans had begun to take shape between 2003 and 2005 when officials began to look at ways to improve certain areas of I-95. Along with improving interchanges and bridges, officials began to map out where the eight miles of lane would run to make the most improvement to the area.

The decision was made to have the lanes run from just north of White Marsh Boulevard to the I-895 split. While these express lanes do include tolls, they have different rates depending on the time of day. Tolls have been at the following:

  • $1.75 during peak rush hours
  • $1.40 off peak hours
  • $0.40 overnight hours

The Express Toll Lanes are only the second electric only toll facility within the state of Maryland. By using the already implemented E-ZPass system along with video tolling, motorists are able to pass through the tolls at the normal highway speed without being forced to slow down and wait in a line. The benefits that were brought to the area because of this new system include:

  • Safer bridges for road travel
  • Reduction of traffic congestion
  • More reliable travel times for both the Express Toll Lanes and the original general purpose lanes

 

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At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during your season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We specialize in the following repair and maintenance services:

 

  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Bus Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Bus Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Bus Repairs
  7. Window-shield Replacement

 

If you feel your business could benefit from Middleton & Meads’ Fleet Management service or if you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, 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!

 

Source:

http://goo.gl/MitWBv

Motor Vehicle Enforcement Criteria

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Motor Vehicle Enforcement CriteriaTruck inspections along with motor vehicle enforcement are an important part of vehicle and road safety across the nation. Without motor vehicle enforcement, truck drivers would have the ability to ignore safety codes and traffic laws, creating an unsafe travel enforcement. . The American Transportation Research Institute released a report entitled “Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement- Top 10 High-Performance States.” The report ranks the states on a point system spanning over eleven main criteria areas. Maryland was proudly ranked number 1 in this report, while also ranking number 1 in the level of inspection intensity, a report made by Overdrive Magazine. Maryland received such a ranking from Overdrive because of their rate of inspection per lane-mile of interstate within their state borders. The Maryland inspection rate was three times that of the national average of state inspections.

Motor Vehicle Enforcement Criteria

The criteria areas below were used by the American Transportation Research Institute to determine the ranking of states in motor vehicle enforcement. All of the criteria is based per million vehicle miles traveled.

  1. Overall Crashes
  2. Overall Violations
  3. Fatal Crashes
  4. Traffic Enforcement Stops
  5. Roadside Inspections
  6. Red Flag Violations
  7. Crash Predictor Violations
  8. Clean Inspections- Inspections without violation
  9. Violations During Traffic Enforcement Stops
  10. Out of Service Violations
  11. State Funds Expended per Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Funds

 

 

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your fleet during your season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We specialize in the following repair and maintenance services:

 

  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Bus Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Bus Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Bus Repairs
  7. Window-shield Replacement

 

If you feel your business could benefit from Middleton & Meads’ Fleet Management service or if you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, 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!

 

What could happen if the E-ZPass Toll System failed?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The benefits of the E-ZPass toll

What would happen if the E-ZPass toll electronic collection failed? It may not be the first question on your mind when it comes to truck driving, but there’s always a possibility it can happen. In a 3 year state audit of the Maryland Transportation Authority system, it was revealed that the Maryland Transportation Authority system has an inadequate plan for recovering the E-ZPass toll collection system if a disaster such as a system failure occurred.

Major road infrastructures such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge rely on the E-ZPass toll for every day toll transportation needs. The plan the Maryland Transportation Authority had in place since January 2010 is not effective for a system failure because the organization does not have the adequate purchasing controls to handle a system failure. Only 60 employees of the Maryland Transportation Authority have the  authority and training to approve purchasing transactions and document the receipts of E-ZPass toll collections.

Although the current initiators of the transactions had no citing of improper transactions, there’s concern that purchases could be  completed while not being instantly detected.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has collected over $389 million in tolls for the year 2012. Out of that $389 million dollars, $249 million dollars was collected from the E-ZPass toll collection. If the E-ZPass toll lost network connectivity at any time, there’s needs to be an effective communication strategy set in place in the case of an emergency. The plan should include technical issue resolutions and regular testing of the E-ZPass toll.

If you find yourself going through turnpikes/ tunnels, or over bridges and toll roads with deliveries, the E-ZPass can help you save money on your transportation costs because it costs more to pay in cash than to use the electronic payment system. It’s easy to apple for an E-ZPass account and you will receive a transponder device to place in your truck.

The cost of your tolls will vary on your driving distance and your vehicle type. If you are driving a tractor-trailer, it will cost more than driving a commuter car.

You can keep up with the latest information on E-ZPass by subscribing to our blog.

For more information, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today.

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 for your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-mdta-audit-20140402,0,1679800.story

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/07/as_pennsylvania_turnpike_fees.html

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 Truck Maintenance prevents costly truck accidents

Monday, July 29th, 2013

An accident can happen any time you go behind the wheel of your truck. It’s important to know how to keep your truck in the best condition for driving and be familiar with the laws of the state.

As of July 9, Maryland’s highest court upholds the contributory negligence standard.

How does the Contributory Negligence Standard affect you?

Any time a civil suit comes through Maryland’s Court of Appeals, plaintiffs cannot receive compensation if the court can partly blame them for their injuries under contributory negligence laws.

The MMTA supports the upholding of the contributory negligence.

Before the contributory negligence was upheld, the legislature had to make decisions on whether to pass the comparative negligence fault system into law.

If the comparative negligence fault system went into law, it would allow parties involved in any type of accident to take some level of responsibility for the accident. It would also allow plaintiffs to collect money if the majority of the blame went to the defendant.

Middleton & Meads Co. can help you stay on the road and stay out of trouble with our truck solutions.

Middleton & Meads Co. truck solutions include:

  • Fleet preventative maintenance
  • Better fuel efficiency
  • Reduced downtime for any truck maintenance needs
  • Truck diagnose for any minor issues before they become major issues
  • Reduced tire replacement costs
  • Mechanical Repairs including brake repairs, clutch repairs, starters, alternators and air conditioning
  • Collision Repairs

The better maintenance for your truck, the lower your risk are for being in a costly accident.

Here at Middleton & Meads we are dedicated to being safe on purpose. What does safe on purpose mean?

It means that we take a proactive approach for truck repair solutions. Learn our entire safe on purpose requirements now.

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, and 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/ENews071013.pdf

The Best Fleet Management Solutions

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Are you new to the fleet industry? If you are new, it is time to get familiar with the best fleet management practices.
What happens in modern fleet operations?
Predominately modern fleet operations are focused on external suppliers.
Vehicles are sourced and supplier relationships are made top priorities.
When your fleet management is outsourced, it is important that engagement with suppliers remains.
This engagement with suppliers is crucial because day to day fleet management cannot be successful  without supplier engagement.
Fleet management includes carrying out supplier audits and reviewing and processing KPI’s.
Top fleet management should support fleet policy and understand the company’s overall company strategy.
Here are some best fleet management practices:
  1. GPS tracking to monitor multiple assets.
  2. Hire safe drivers. These are drivers that drive the speed limit, safely change lanes, signal and follow other traffic laws.
  3. Have a good fleet manager that is comfortable working in fast paced, high stress environments. The fleet manager should collect and store all vehicle data and driver data.
Maintain a competitive edge in the fleet business and develop your fleet management with Middleton & Meads Baltimore fleet management solutions.
We will provide you with technology solutions that locate the route of your fleet, the original route of the fleet as well as time halts/place halts and speed of fleet, fuel usage.

Learn about the Middleton & Meads’ fleet management.

Let us manage and monitor your fleet as you run your business.
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.

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.fleeteurope.com/10_fleet_management_tips_from_the_winners_of_the_fleet_europe_awards-en-146-183117.html

http://www.rmtracking.com/blog/2010/01/27/the-best-fleet-management-tips/

 

About Port Of Baltimore Safety For Truck Drivers

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Are you a truck driver that frequently goes in and out of the Port of Baltimore?

The Port of Baltimore is a high traffic atmosphere. Over 400,000 containers a year are unloaded with products that are shipped throughout the United States. More than 11 million people come in American ports.

Port of Baltimore processes are complicated even for containers full of truck tires from overseas.

It is important to acknowledge that Port of Baltimore Contractors are not in charge of Port of Baltimore Security.

The Maryland Port Administration provides its own Port of Baltimore Security. Port of Baltimore contractors must follow rules and regulations the Maryland Port Administration enforces – unloading ships, transferring cargo, screening truck drivers and more.

The Port of Baltimore is a waterway to the U.S. economy. Proper Port of Baltimore Security is crucial because a steady stream of trucks hauling containers of valuable goods are at risk of terrorists attacks.

Over two billion tons of domestic and import/export cargo come through 360 commercial sea and river ports every year.

The Port of Baltimore is both a public and private terminal that handles over 22.3 million tons of cargo valued around $30.2 billion.

The Port of Baltimore is number one in the U.S. for imported roll on/ roll off farm and construction equipment.

As a truck driver coming in and out the Port of Baltimore, make sure all is right with your license plate numbers and cargo container numbers.

The Port of Baltimore security program is in place to maintain its excellent loss prevention record and to protect workers such as Truck Drivers at all times. Make sure your TWIC card and any other documentation are up to date. TWIC cards are required to enter the Port of Baltimore.

You will also need to complete Port of Baltimore security awareness training to receive your photo ID badge.

Here are topics Port of Baltimore security awareness training will cover:

  • Preventing Collisions and Automation of Container Handling.
  • Sensor Technology for Boom Collision Prevention.
  • Sensor Technology for Path Way Collision Prevention.
  • Sensor Technology for Anti Truck Lifting
  • And more Truck Solutions.

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.pbs.org/newshour/bb/terrorism/jan-june06/baltimoreharbor_3-10.html

http://www.securitas.com/Global/United%20States/Port%20of%20Baltimore.pdf

http://www.sick.com/group/EN/home/solutions/industries/port/Pages/port_safety.aspx