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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!

Truck Repair Solutions: Addressing Common Truck Mechanical Problems

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Did you purchase a truck under market value? Is it not working as well as you thought it would? If yes to one or both, it is time to pay a visit to Middleton & Meads for truck repair solutions.

As a truck driver, you get what you pay for. If you purchase a truck cheap, you can expect that expensive mechanical problems and more will arise.

What are the most common problems that come with a cheap truck /used truck?

  1. Your cheap truck/ used truck experiences frequent oil leakage and burning. This occurs because the engine is old and needs motor oil continuously put in it because the motor oil drips on the road as you truck drive. The more oil you burn, the more expensive your truck maintenance cost/ truck repair solutions will become.
  2. Rust build up on the truck body. If there is rust on the truck body, there is rust on the truck gram. If rust eats away at your truck for a long period of time, you could put your life and the lives of others in danger. A rusted truck is never a safe truck to operate.
  3. Faulty Fuel Line/ Sealing. This truck problem can make long truck driving travels very dangerous because you could experience frequent break downs at anytime.
  4. Truck Transmission problems. This is a repair you want to immediately address when it occurs because it will simply get more and more expensive overtime. You may get to a point where it won’t even be worth repairing because the truck is totaled from truck expenses.

For common truck problems, such as truck brake repairs, come to Middleton & Meads.

Repairs such as truck brake repairs can really slow down your truck driving and work productivity. Middleton & Meads can handle repairs for air brakes, worn pads, leaking cylinders and more.

Never should you have to worry whether your truck can handle mountainside hauling because your truck lacks proper truck repair solutions.

Learn in depth about our truck repair solutions now.

Middleton & Meads is here to provide truck repair solutions for all your transportation needs – preventative maintenance, breakdowns, truck major issue diagnosis, mechanical repairs, collision repairs and more.

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.carsdirect.com/used-car-buying/5-most-common-problems-associated-with-cheap-used-trucks

http://www.carsdirect.com/car-repair/common-truck-brake-repairs

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

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 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!

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!

About The New ACC Location And Processing Rules

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

On Monday October 15, 2012 The Maryland Port of Administration (MPA) opened a new Access Control Center (ACC) for the issuance of annual MPA terminal identification badges and vehicle decal permits. The new ACC location is 2001 Broening Highway, Balitmore, Maryland. This location will be a one-stop shop for the issuance of badges and decals.

In other words, all new or renewal MPA identification badges and vehicle decal permits will be issued at the ACC Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

No requirements to obtain a badge have changed but processing is slightly different. Now, badge applications will not be accepted in person or by fax at the ACC.

Completed badge applications must be submitted to the Office of Security in one of the following ways:

  1. U.S mail
  2. Put in a designated drop box outside the Office of Security at the Dundalk Marine Terminal, 2700 Broening Highway, Bldg. 97B, Suite 203, Baltimore Maryland.
  3. Attached by email in PDF file format and forwarded to mpasecurity@marylandports.com.

All approved applications will be sent to the ACC within 3 business days after the date received and retained on file at the ACC.

The ACC does not accept cash payments for replacement badges.

There’s a $25 badge replacement fee that has to be paid by check or money order made payable to the MPA as well.

For more information call MPA at 410.633.1152 or email at mpasecurity@marylandports.com .

If you have any questions about MPA identification badges, 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 marylandports.com

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