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About the New Medical Certification Cards For CDL Holders

Sunday, February 24th, 2013
If you haven’t heard, CDL holders must provide proof of medical certification to the Motor Vehicle Administration by January 30,2014.

When do truck drivers need to submit the medical certifications?
Truck drivers do not need to submit medical certifications prior to January 30,2014 unless directly contacted by the MVA.
The MVA will contact truck drivers prior to January 30,2014 for the following reasons:
– Medical certification renewal
– Request for a medical certification  duplicate
– Medical certification corrections
– New CDL
The new medical cards are two-sided from the MMTA. These medical certification cards from the MMTA are compliant with federal regulations but the MVA has no requirements for usage of the new medical card so far.

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About 2013 Maryland Supertech Competition: Top Technician

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Middleton & Meads has exciting news to share! The MMTA’s Maintenance Council has announced that the state of Maryland will be holding its very first Technician Skills Competition ever for 2013.

The competition is called Maryland’s Supertech Competition.

This wonderful technician event is made to showcase the talent of diesel technicians from Maryland companies.

Technicians from every company in the competition will engage in competition that will rate their diagnostic and problem-solving skills. The competition will be designed around troubleshooting tests.

When will the Supertech Competition event be held?

It is expected that the Supertech event will be held in conjunction with State Truck Driving Championships on June 8th.

All winners of the Maryland Supertech Competition will then go onto the National TMC Supertech Competition.

If you want your company’s technicians in the Supertech Competition or you want to volunteer or donate equipment to the Supertech Competition, contact the MMTA or email Selena Griffin at sgriffin@mmtanet.com.

The MMTA will be happy to add you to the distribution list to provide your organization more information.

For more information on Diesel Technician skill building, 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.

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About Maryland Transportation Funding Shortfalls

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s word circulating that Maryland is running out of transportation funding. The lack of funding means Maryland will have to halt any new transportation projects and withhold money to maintain existing Maryland roads and transit.

From now until 2018 Maryland’s transportation trust fund only has $4 billion dollars to spend on transportation projects.

Any additional funding will depend on how much revenue the state can generate from fees such as titling tax.

In other words, Maryland will be unable to plan for the future because every dime will need to be reserved for maintaining existing infrastructures.

However, the following may be excellent alternatives to pay for transit expenses:

–      The State could enter a public-private partnership that allows a private construction company to design, build, capital finance, operate and maintain transit lines a year.

–      The Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFA) can provide low-interest federal loans and credit assistance for 2013- 2018 transportation projects. The Intercounty Connector was funded this way.

–      Enforce a Special Taxing District so Maryland can benefit from increases in property value that come with new transit system creation. This revenue tax will help support borrowing.

–      Maryland should also pass state sales and gas taxes.

For more information, 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.

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Source: http://washingtonexaminer.com/maryland-running-out-of-transportation-money-state-analysts-warn/article/2513403#.UO8PdOQ72Ag

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CARB Implements The Diesel Filters Rule in California

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

It’s 2013 and things are changing in the trucking industry once again. Since January 1st, 2013 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has designated a diesel filters requirement in California.

The Diesel Filters rule by CARB will impact all heavy-duty trucks and buses traveling into California.

The Diesel filters will require all heavy-duty truck drivers and bus drivers with 2000-2004 model year engines to install diesel soot filters.

The only exception goes for low-mileage or emergency vehicles. It should be noted that non-compliant vehicles might not be eligible to legally operate in California.

Anyone driver who violates the rule will be penalized $1,000 and over per violation, per month.

Non-compliance may also result in the truck or bus being impounded. Learn more about the Diesel Filters rule at Arb.Ca.Gov, or call 1-866-6-DIESEL.

For more information, 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.

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Hurricane Sandy: How Truck Drivers Can Find Safe Parking During Tropical Storms

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is on the way. As a trucking company, it is important that your truck drivers have safe parking during the tropical storms.

Hurricane Sandy will  be hitting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Corridors starting today. During this highly publicized storm, your truck drivers need to make driving safety a top priority.

It is your responsibility to make sure all your drivers out on the road have a safe haven for parking in Maryland  during this severe tropical storm.

MMTA members can find safe parking during Hurricane Sandy by using the State Highway Administration’s Emergency truck parking portal here.

The emergency truck parking portal includes a mobile app that can be easily downloaded from any smartphone. The mobile app will help keep your drivers out of harm’s way by helping them locate safe parking nearby rather than struggling to find parking on dangerous ramps and roadsides.

The Maryland Motor Truck Association rather your drivers be safe than sorry. It’s your duty to do your best to keep your hardworking drivers safe. Give them the right information.

If you have any questions about safe truck parking, 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.

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October 1st New Maryland Law Will Force Overweight Trucks To Off Load

Friday, September 28th, 2012

October is only a few days away and a New Maryland Law will be in full effect for Truck Drivers. What is this new law? The New Maryland Law revolves around Overweight Vehicles with perishable products.

Starting October 1st, if you are a truck driver carrying an overweight perishable products load, you will automatically be off-loaded.

This change in Maryland law will affect all truck drivers whom exceed the gross vehicle weight limit by more than 5,000 lbs.

Prior to this new Maryland law, overweight vehicles were simply issued a citation rather than being forced to off-load.

Trucks are always more of a hazard when they are overweight and overloaded because the trucks can lose control by making any sudden moves. Here are a few tips on how to prevent overloaded truck accidents:

–      Make sure your commercial truck weight distribution is appropriate. It helps the truck handle itself in a number of circumstances.

–      Know how heavy your load can be, the combined weight of the load and truck and how much weight can each axle endure ( and don’t forget how much weight your truck tires can endure). This will help your truck not be forced to unload at checkpoints and most importantly you can be assured you are safe on the road.

–      Do your best to create distance in front and behind you, so your truck can stop properly and safely when necessary. Too much weight creates an unsafe shift in your load and increases the possibility of you losing control of steering capabilities. Remember big rigs and overloaded trucks are more likely to roll over.

If you have any questions about Safe Truck Loads, 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.

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Source: MMTA’s E-News!- New Maryland Law for Overweight Vehicles with Perishable Products Takes Effect October 1st

About I-83 Parking On The Shoulder Citation For Truck Drivers

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Just this month, the Maryland State Police announced  they will be aggressively giving out ticketing of trucks parked on the Shoulder of I-83. The fine for parking on the shoulder for trucks is $70.

Truck Drivers that are out of available hours of service cannot be forced to move trucks after the citation is issued.

This new I-83 Parking on The Shoulder policy makes it clear to all truck drivers that they should plan in advance where to park when they need a break.

The ban on parking on the shoulder was made because shoulder parking of trucks leads to extremely dangerous conditions because there’s insufficient truck parking in Maryland. In fact, there are no truck parking facilities along I-83 in Baltimore County. To learn about the I-83 Parking on the Shoulder click here.

If you have any questions about Safe Truck Driving, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click heretoday!

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!

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Source: MMTA’s E-News! –I-83 Parking on the Shoulder

Truck Driving Safety: The Through Truck Ban

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Truck driving is a challenging and dangerous profession. Every year roughly 600 truck drivers die in highway accidents in the U.S.

The most dangerous types of trucks to drive are rigs such as tankers and flatbeds. About 55 percent of all class 8 driver fatalities happen from a rollover accidents and 10 percent occur from fuel oil fires.

Recently in Maryland there was a fatal crash and explosion of a gasoline tank truck.  Since the fatal crash in August, The Maryland State Police and The Town of Port Deposit have created a Through Truck Ban.

This ban is a plan to aggressively enforce an ordinance designed to prevent trucks from using  the town as a pass through option to avoid I-95 and Route 40 toll plazas.

This ban prohibits trucks over five tons to enter town unless making local deliveries. The sweeping curves on these routes such as Route 222 are located steep hills coming west from I-95 into the town. This is risky territory for trucks because it increases the chances of truck rollovers.

If precautions are taken to reduce the chances of truck rollovers, truck drivers getting killed on the job can be reduced by almost 2/3rds.

Here are some tips on preventing truck rollovers:

1. Try not to drive a tanker with bad suspension  half empty. The tendency for that vehicle to rollover is very high because it takes a truck driver a variety of maneuvers in steering to take full control around corners. If a truck goes around a curve too fast, it will go over.

2. A rollover can happen around a curve without going too fast, if rear tires strike any object while cornering. It can be as simple as a slight hit of a curb. Be mindful of your surroundings.

3. You don’t have to be a bad driver for a rig to rollover. A rig can rollover at speeds as low as 5 mph. This can happen especially on slopes. Do your best not to put a wheel off the pavement or a paved shoulder that has separations. You don’t want to catch or trip a tire. When in doubt, go as slow as possible and go for shallow angles when possible. The more steer you put in, the easier it is to rollover.

4. Always know how your seat belt is set and how to release it in the case of an emergency.

In the majority of truck driving accidents, seat belt can save lives but rollover accidents greater than 90 degrees could impede efforts for drivers to get out alive. During these accidents it’s best to find a way to slip out the shoulder harness or disconnect the belt. Learn where the buckle is at all times and practice reaching for it with your right hand. Teach yourself to quickly release it and pull yourself down with your left hand to get out to safety. Straight and level is key to truck driving safety.

If you have any questions about Safe Truck Driving, 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!

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Source: MMTA’s E-News – FREE Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit

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

 

Will Baltimore City Ban Older Port Trucks?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

In an effort to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability has recommended a ban on older trucks from the Port of Baltimore. This recommendation, which is part of a draft Climate Action Plan, is not supported by all. Both MMTA and the Maryland Port Administration submitted comments expressing opposition to a truck ban. Instead, these entities are encouraging the adoption of an incentive-based program for the eventual voluntary replacement of older trucks.

A copy of MMTA’s comments can be viewed at www.mmtanet.com/Baltimore-City-Climate-Action-Plan-Comments.pdf. Examples of these comments include:

  • The ban is unnecessary: In the Climate Action Plan, Baltimore City highlights an older truck ban implemented by the Port of Long Beach as an effective tool for reducing truck related air pollution. There are significant differences between Baltimore and Long Beach.”
  • The ban will have unintended consequences: The advances in diesel emissions controls have come at significant price to the trucking industry. The additional cost of purchasing new engine technologies and fuel has been estimated to be as much as $4 billion annually. Since 2007 the cost of a Class 8 truck tractor has jumped over 30% directly as a result of these new technologies. Prohibiting older model trucks from accessing the Port takes direct aim at those owner operators who are least likely to have the financial means to upgrade their equipment given these escalating costs.”
  • Other options exist to promote voluntary replacement of older trucks: In lieu of a mandatory ban, there are numerous other options to incentivize older truck replacement on a voluntary basis. Many of these are already underway in Baltimore, such as the 2009 Clean Diesel Program, which replaced, retrofitted or upgraded several pieces of equipment across all Port transportation sectors.

Due to the strong opposition to the ban, the city is planning to revisit its proposal. And it is expected that the ban will be removed.

If you have any questions about the Proposed Baltimore City Ban on Older Trucks, 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!