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Protect Yourself From Attempted Insurance Fraud

Friday, November 11th, 2016
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There’s a new, dangerous trend sweeping the nation’s driving scene. Drivers are purposefully swerving in front of truck drivers and slamming on their brakes.

There’s a new, dangerous trend sweeping the nation’s driving scene.  Drivers are purposefully swerving in front of truck drivers and slamming on their brakes.  Dozens of dash cam videos from truck drivers show that these drivers are purposefully endangering themselves, and brake checking when there are others on the road.  Why are they doing this?  Insurance fraud.  These drivers hope to blame truck drivers for a fender bender, and make the truckers pay for monetary damages.  Here’s how you can protect yourself from this damaging phenomenon.

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Fun Truck Driving Facts You Didn’t Expect

Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Truck drivers can be a mysterious bunch, because their lifestyle isn’t often publicized. It’s common for misconceptions to arise, and it’s also important to conquer these misconceptions with facts.

Ever wonder about the mysterious truck drivers you see on the highway?  Truck drivers can be a mysterious bunch, because their lifestyle isn’t often publicized.  It’s common for misconceptions to arise, and it’s also important to conquer these misconceptions with facts.  Because if we don’t it’s possible that drivers will make decisions based on what they believe, false or not.  So, here are some truck driving facts you probably didn’t know!


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CSA Scores: The Latest

Friday, March 20th, 2015

CSA- ScoresOver the past week, the House of Representatives received a bill that requests to pull the CSA scores from the view of the public eye. The bill also included the call to improve the CSA program while also making changes to help with law enforcement on the roads. The trucking industry has come together over this cause in hopes of changing the CSA scores and the algorithm used to generate said scores. The industry feels as though these scores are being used in a way that is unjust and unfair.

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Maryland Decides to Not End Cash Toll at Hatem Bridge

Friday, March 7th, 2014

In the trucking industry, we are use to paying tolls nearly every day. If you are trying to keep up with the number of tolls in Maryland, here’s one to book. The state of Maryland has decided not to end the cash toll at Hatem Bridge for now, according to the Harford County Legislator.

Why is the state of Maryland not ending the cash toll at Hatem Bridge?

The Harford County Legislator says it’s related to the all-electric plan requiring more research.
Where is the Hatem Bridge located?

The Hatem Bridge cash toll is located at the Route 40 Thomas Hatem Bridge. The Maryland Transportation Authority says the Hatem Bridge cash toll will remain open for at least the next two years (2015-2016). The state hopes this will help the Maryland Transportation Authority better accommodate Harford and Cecil county citizens and businesses.

On Thursday the Maryland House of Delegates passed the bill that requies the Maryland Transporation Authority to stuay the all-electric toll specifically at the Hatem Bridge cash toll and other major toll facilities in Maryland. Further research is being conducted to prevent drivers from being penalized if they do not currently have an E-ZPass for tolls.

Only for the next few years will those driving through the Hatem Bridge toll have a lane with a cash toll option. If you are a regular commercial driver in Maryland, you need to start using an E-ZPass as soon as possible.

The Hatem Bridge is the quickest way to cross the Susquehanna River. The alternative way is the Millard Tydings Bridge on 1-95. Residents in the area are not looking forward to using the all-electronic tolls of E-ZPass because a round trip cost using the E-ZPass for 2-axle vehicle will cost nearly $12. The current cash toll for a round trip is only $8 for 2-axle vehicle.

At the end of the day, truck drivers will experience higher electronic tolls, with nearly a 50% increase.

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!

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Source:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aberdeen-havre-de-grace/ph-ag-cash-toll-staying-0312-20140307,0,4310402.story

http://tollroadsnews.com/news/maryland-toll-proposes-higher-truck-tolls-electronic-toll-charges

Don’t Miss The Boosting Your Business Meeting November 6th

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Boost Your Business Workshop i November 11

Are you searching for ways to yield more sales for your commercial business? Then you don’t want to miss the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Boosting Your Business meeting on Wednesday November 6th, from 8:30am to noon. The Boosting Your Business meeting will be held in Ellicott City.

For only $25 you will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast, full lunch, and hear some of the best industry leaders speak on great ways to boost your business sales. You may also have an opportunity to win door prizes.

Here are some topics you can expect to be covered at the Boosting Your Business meeting:

  • Anne Ferro, the FMCSA Administrator, will provide all participants the latest updates on CSA, hours of service and mandatory electronic logs.
  • Kelly Anderson, the Driver recruitment specialist will provide excellent tips and tricks to help your business locally recruit and retain quality truck drivers. Kelly will also offer insightful information on common mistakes that happen during truck driver recruitment.
  • Bob Franklin, General Counsel, will provide information on the top legal issues impacting businesses in the transportation industry.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to further advance your company growth and network with the best in the industry. The early bird registration for the Boost Your Business meeting will go until Wednesday October 23 for $25. Click the Register today link or call 410.644.4600 to reserve your spot or learn more information about this great business event.

To better manage your fleet today, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

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 to your bus transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

The winners of the Truck Driving Champs and SuperTech competition

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Early in the month of June, the Maryland State Truck Driving Championships and inaugural SuperTech competition were held.

Over 110 truck drivers and 18 fleet technicians competed.

Who were the Grand Champions?

Jimmy Carver of Collington Services was given the title of Grand Champion of the Maryland State Truck Driving Championships.

Mike Caylor of Ryder took all other top titles for the fleet Super technicians competitions.

Jimmy and Mike will represent Maryland in the national competitions!

Middletons & Meads thanks all 150+ sponsors, equipment donors and volunteers that made the event a huge success.

Take a look at the list feature the top finishers here. Photos can be viewed on the Maryland Motor Truck Association Facebook page.

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 Technicians: About The Registration for Maryland First Super Tech Competition

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Get excited! On Saturday June 8th, Maryland’s First Super Tech competition will take place at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Neil Middleton is the chairman for Maryland’s First Super Tech competition.

What will happen at Maryland’s First Super Tech competition?

The Super Tech competition will spotlight the most highly skilled technicians in the trucking industry.

We highly recommend all Maintenance Council Members sign up their top truck technicians by Wednesday May 22nd.

The best truck technicians will win iPads and a trip to the national Super Tech competition that will be held in Pittsburgh.

Complete the registration for the Super Tech competition now.

If you prefer volunteers and sponsorships, the Super Tech competition is in search of 50 volunteers and sponsors. The volunteers and sponsors will assist in handing out competition t-shirts, lunches and prizes.

Here are the sponsorship form and the volunteers’ form for the Maryland Super Tech competition.

This fun and educational event starts 7am Wednesday May 22,2013.

Be there!

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