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What Are the Benefits of Being a Truck Driver?

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
man driving truck

Whether you are someone looking for a great job that allows you to travel and gain a new skillset or a seasoned truck driver looking for a reminder after a long haul, you might be interested in some of the many benefits of being a truck driver.

Whether you are someone looking for a great job that allows you to travel and gain a new skillset or a seasoned truck driver looking for a reminder after a long haul, you might be interested in some of the many benefits of being a truck driver. While it’s a profession that many people don’t initially see themselves in, all of the trucks on the highways transporting goods and fueling the economy point to the strengths of the job.

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Truck Blind Spots are Bigger than Most Drivers Think

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Recent studies have shown that many drivers greatly underestimate how large truck blind spots are, creating unsafe situations for both the drivers and the truck driver.

Recent studies have shown that many drivers greatly underestimate how large truck blind spots are, creating unsafe situations for both the drivers and the truck driver.

When it comes to driving your truck safely, you rely on your own judgment as much as you rely on the judgment of all the other cars and vehicles on the road. Recent studies have shown that many drivers greatly underestimate how large truck blind spots are, creating unsafe situations for both the drivers and the truck driver. How big are truck blind spots and how can you minimize no zones when you are driving?

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Enter The June Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

 

The Maryland Truck Driving Championships & SuperTech Competition will be held on Saturday June 8, 2013.This competition is an annual Maryland State Truck Driving Championship held at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

But this year’s event is very special. This will be the very first Maryland SuperTech competition.

Middleton & Meads encourages truck drivers and technicians to enroll in this fun, educational event. If you are not a truck driver or technician, you can still actively participate in the event by volunteering, sponsoring or donating equipment.

Truck drivers participating in the Maryland state truck driving championship will have their knowledge tested and truck driving skills assessed. The finest truck drivers will compete for the Grand Champion title during the Maryland State Driving Championships.

If you are a truck driver that wants to enroll in the Maryland State Truck Driving Championships, you must enroll by Monday May 24, 2013.

Complete the driver enrollment form now to guarantee your spot to show off your skills.

If you want to be a volunteer, complete this volunteer enrollment form and return it to the MMTA as soon as possible. The Maryland State Truck Driving Championships needs over 100 volunteers.

Here are some of the volunteer roles:

  • Judges
  • Scorekeepers
  • Timekeepers
  • Driver Coordinators

No experience required. You will be trained.

To donate equipment, complete the equipment donation form.

There are at least 11 driving classes truck drivers will need to complete in the competition. Every class needs at least 2 pieces of equipment and vehicles for pre-trip inspections.

The following are acceptable equipment donations:

  • Tractors
  • Straight Trucks
  • Dumps
  • Mixers
  • Pup Trailers
  • Flatbeds
  • Tankers

To sponsor, please complete this flyer and return it to MMTA by May 31st. Sponsorships help reduce the costs of food, trophies, giveaways and more at the big event.

To register for the SuperTech competition,  complete the registration form by May 22.

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!

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

Maintenance Council Hosts Allison Transmission Training in April

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Do your employees need transmission training? If yes, you are in luck. The Maintenance Council will host an Allison Transmission training in two weeks.

Here at Middleton & Meads, we highly recommend that MMTA Maintenance Council Members and MMTA Members join the training session.

Neil Middleton is the Chairman of MMTA’s Maintenance Council. Neil will be hosting the Allison Transmission training on Wednesday April 3, 2013.

The Allison Transmission Training will take place at Middleton & Meads.

Middleton & Meads is located here:

1900 S. Hanover Street Baltimore, MD 21230

The Allison Transmission Training will run from 1:30 Pm -4:00 Pm

Those attending the event will learn about inspection tips, Allison DOC, troubleshooting tips, preventative maintenance and J-11939 data link.

The Transmission training will also feature the expert speaker Ron Strobel, Senior Business Development Manager of ATR, Inc. ( Authorized Transmission Re-manufacturing, Inc.).

Mr. Strobel will be conducting the seminar and the Q& A.

Space is limited to only 30 members. So RSVP today! 

Click here to register online!

 

 

Reservations are required by April 1,2013.

 

 

The Allison Transmission Training is sponsored by Middleton & Meads and K. Neal Idealease.

 

 

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!

 

The 2013 Truck Driving Championships: June 8 2013

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

 

As Spring and Summer slowly come before us, exciting events await! One event you should not miss is the 2013 Truck Driving Championships: Maryland’s First Technician Skills Competition.
The Maryland “Supertech” competition event will be held by the MMTA’s Maintenance Council in conjunction with the Truck Driving Championships on Saturday June 8th 2013.

This year more states are expected to compete because the national TMC Supertech competition will only showcase the most highly skilled technicians of the trucking industry.

In fact, the best diesel technicians will engage in various diagnostic and problem solving skills during competitive troubleshooting tests. Winners of the “Supertech” competition will go to the Nationals.

To enter the competition or learn more about this great event click here or email Selena Griffin at sgriffin@mmtanet.com.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information on bus repairs and bus maintenance.

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!

The Dangers Of Multi Federal And State Transit Taxes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

As you may have witness during the State of The Union Address last night, big changes are coming to Federal and State Laws. The trucking industry is no exception.

Maryland’s General Assembly has been in session for one month and big changes are already underway as the state frantically searches for new sources of revenue to fund transportation projects such as highway construction and transit funding programs.

Just this month the Senate President, Mike Miller has introduced a bill that will tremendously impact the trucking industry. Here is what the bill pertains:

  1. The creation of 2 regional transit districts will happen for Baltimore and Washington DC. One in each metropolitan area and elected officials will serve on governing boards to issue bonds, set transit fares, and add a property tax on owners located in the metropolitan areas to pay for the State’s transit systems.
  2. Counties will have authorization to raise motor vehicle fuel taxes up to 5 cents a gallon on the wholesale level prior to the year 2017. The year 2017 the State will take the initiatives to impose the tax increase.
  3. A 3% sales tax on motor fuels will be implemented. Currently, motor fuels are exempt from sales tax.

This week, MMTA’s Legislative Committee has voted against this bill because the committee believes too many levels of government have the taxing authority privilege.

A taxing authority system as the one suggested in the bill is ripe for corruption such as excessive taxation, evasion and using tax revenue for non-transportation purposes.

This bill is just one of roughly 2,300 bills proposed.

If this bill gets passed it will impact the trucking industry in the following ways:

  • Overweight and Over extended vehicle penalties will increase.
  • Price caps on goods/ services/ transportation will be enforced for state emergencies.
  • Prevention of Hydraulic Fracking on natural gas vehicles.
  • No decal requirement on vehicles carrying controlled hazardous substances.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today to prepare for Fleet Management, Maryland State, DOT, Chassis Inspections and more for your truck!

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!

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.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!