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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.

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Port Of Baltimore: How To Prevent Federal Audits Related To Leased Drivers

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Are you concerned about federal audits and being cited for issues relating to leased drivers?

If yes, you are not alone.

Driver Qualification files for leased drivers are on the rise.

A motor carrier recently had to undergo a federal audit for utilizing leased drivers and the motor carrier was cited.

Why was the motor carrier cited?

The motor carrier had no records of pre-employment drug tests and driver qualification files.

It is required that leased drivers be enrolled in drug and alcohol testing programs.

The motor carrier and leasing company must have separate driver qualification files and drug and alcohol testing. This is mandatory because the motor carrier and leasing company have completely separate and distinctive motor carriers.

You do not want to be cited by a federal auditor.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Office of Drug and Alcohol and Compliance for the U.S. Department of Transportation are making it a requirement that driver qualification files are separate for the motor carrier and the leasing company.

As for leased drivers that are veterans, the state of Maryland has launched a skills test waiver for veterans.

This was finalized in 2012 by the FMCSA. The veteran skills test waiver will authorize the state of Maryland to allow veteran state drivers to waive the skills portion of the CDL test if the veterans have at least two years of safe driving completed for the military. This is equivalent to the driving a commercial motor vehicle.

To learn more about thee skills test waiver Click here .

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 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!

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.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today to keep up with the truck industry.

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!

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!

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.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

About the eManifest Program

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

If you’re a truck driver that makes frequent to Canada, you need to get familiar with Canada’s new border rules.

Starting Thursday November 1,2012,  the United States of America’s truck drivers that haul low-risk cargo into Canada must register and submit an eManifest an hour or more prior to arriving at Canada’s border.

If truck drivers do not register and submit to an eManifest, they cannot enter Canada.

What is the eManifest? It’s an electronic document that provides information on the shipper, cosignee address, delivery name, delivery address, cargo description, package type, gross weight, and customs data.

To register for the eManifest program, truck drivers need to visit the Canada Border Services Agency ( CBSA) website at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/ .

After registration,  the eManifest has to be electronically sent through Electronic Data Interchange or a web based portal from the CBSA website.

Truck drivers can only use the portal if they obtain a portal business account from CBSA and enter a carrier code.

If you have any questions about Truck Transportation, 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:  MMTA’s E-News! – eManifest Program

About The New Hazard Communication GHS Container Labels

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

There’s a new 1910.1200 Hazard Communication GHS Container Labels.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or (SDS) have been used for 30 years to inform workers of the physical health hazards of hazardous chemicals they could be potentially exposed to.

In the United States of America, MSDS is codified under the 29 CFR 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication system.

In March of this year, the OSHA modified 1910.1200 so that the code may align with the United Nations Global Harmonization System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

The alignment of the two systems will reduce the burden companies have with the care of hazardous chemicals by increasing the quality and consistency of information about chemical hazards and the protective measures that go along with workplace management and transportation of hazardous materials.

In the new 1910.1200 regulations, there are three information communication ways to inform workers of chemical hazards: Labels, Written Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and Training.

The Container Labels have the following six components: Product identifier (name or number), Signal words of danger or warning, Hazard Statement, Red Bordered diamond shaped pictograms, Precautionary Statement and Identity of Distributor/ Manufacturer/ Importer by name, address and telephone number.

The SDS consist of 16 sections and 12 out of 16 sections are mandatory:

Section 1 Identification
Section 2 Hazard(s) Identification
Section 3 Composition / Information on Ingredients
Section 4 First-aid measures
Section 5 Fire-fighting measures
Section 6 Accidental release measures
Section 7 Handling and storage
Section 8 Exposure controls / Personal protection
Section 9 Physical and chemical properties
Section 10 Stability and reactivity
Section 11 Toxicology information
Section 12 Ecological information (non-mandatory)
Section 13 Disposal considerations (non-mandatory)
Section 14 Transport information (non-mandatory)
Section 15 Regulatory information (non-mandatory)
Section 16 Other information including date of preparation of last revision.

The Training has the new Hazard Communication Labeling information and SDS new mandatory format. The biggest change is the new container information for the hazard communication labels. This is good news for workers because the label information contains standardized information (exact same information) no matter the provider.

If you have any questions about Transporting Hazardous Chemicals, 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: The New 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
GHS Container Labels

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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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