Posts Tagged ‘Maryland Motor Truck Association’

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

 

MMTA Maintenance Council Brake Adjustment & Certification Class

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Back by popular demand, the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) has scheduled a brake adjustment & certification class for August 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Brake inspectors will required to demonstrate sufficient training, knowledge, and experience under FMCSA 396.25.

Place: Middleton & Meads, 1900 S. Hanover Street Baltimore MD 21230

Cost: $10 per person

Brake qualification cards & training certificates will be issued!

This federal brake inspection certification course is part of the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Maintenance Council, which Middleton & Meads is proud to lead. The Maintenance Council provides training to fleet managers and first-line supervisors to improve their knowledge of maintenance personnel and assist them with compliance of regulatory requirements.

If you have any questions about the MMTA Maintenance Council Brake Adjustment & Certification Class, 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!

 

Trucking Industry News: Maryland’s General Assembly Enters Final Weeks

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

With only a few weeks remaining in Maryland’s General Assembly, many issues still remain unresolved. The issues still being debated that concern the transportation industry include:

  • Require mandatory off-loading of vehicles carrying perishable products if they exceed the gross vehicle weight limit by more than 5,000 lbs.
  • Permit Baltimore City to install height detectors to electronically enforce time-of-day restrictions on prohibited truck routes.
  • Authorize the Maryland State Police to adopt certain sections of Parts 385 and 386 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, governing new entrant carriers and carriers declared as imminent hazards.
  • Tighten the procedures for public hearings and notice requirements before the MD Transportation Authority approves a toll increase.
  • Prevent transfers of monies out of the Transportation Trust Fund.
  • Eliminate an outdated certification requirement for drivers carrying controlled hazardous substances.
  • Expand the sales tax to dozens of services, including motor vehicle repair and maintenance.
  • Make the state’s cell phone ban a primary offense.

 

Perhaps the most controversial proposal came straight from Governor Martin O’Malley, himself. On March 14th the House and Senate committees in the Maryland General Assembly began deliberations on the Governor’s proposal to apply the state’s 6% sales tax to both gasoline and diesel.

  • The current motor fuel excise tax of 23 cents/gallon for gasoline and 24.25 cents/gallon for diesel would remain intact.
  • The 6% sales tax would be phased in at 2% per year over three years.
  • The sales tax would be calculated based on the six month average cost of the lowest grade of gasoline and then applied to both gas and diesel.
  • The tax would be calculated after subtracting the current federal and state excise taxes.

 

Maryland Motor Truck Association members joined the MMTA in opposition to the proposal. Where do you stand on the Governor’s proposal? Let us know how you feel!

MMTA’s top priority remains its opposition to any new fuel taxes that include diesel.  on a proposal introduced by Governor Martin O’Malley that would  If passed, the plan would generate $650 million in transportation revenues.  Details include:

More importantly, voice any displeasure to your legislators and express your opposition to any fuel tax increase. Legislators can be called at 1-800-492-7122. The operator will tell you who your legislators are based on your home or business address.  E-mails can be sent by looking up your legislators’ addresses at www.mdelect.net.  Please act now!

The General Assembly adjourns on April 9.  A list of all bills that MMTA is tracking is available at www.mmtanet.com.

If you have any questions about Governor O’Malley’s Tax Plan, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

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

Trucking Industry News: Governor Plans to Apply Sales Tax to Motor Fuels

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) is closely following Maryland’s General Assembly, specifically Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposal to apply the state’s 6% sales tax to motor fuels. MMTA’s Board of Directors opposes any fuel tax increase that includes diesel.

Highlights of Governor O’Malley’s Plan

  • Applying the state’s 6% sales tax to motor fuels, phased in at 2% per year over three years.
  • There is a braking mechanism that slows the phase in if gas prices rise significantly in years two and three.
  • This proposal will raise the cost of fuel by at least 18 cents per gallon.
  • The sales tax would be applied to the retail price of motor fuel, based on the six-month average cost of the lowest grade of gasoline, minus federal and state excise taxes.
  • The tax would be paid by the wholesaler/distributor as it first enters the state.
  • The legislation also includes some modest protection that the monies will be used for transportation purposes, as well as restoration of some lost local transportation aid to counties and municipalities.

 

A full list of the bills that MMTA is tracking in the General Assembly is available at www.mmtanet.com.

If you have any questions about the Governor O’Malley’s Tax Plan, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Lawsuits Begin in Response to FMCSA’s Changes to the Hours of Service Rules

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

As we mentioned in a previous blog – Trucking Industry News: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Several Changes to Hours of Service Rules – The Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) recently announced several Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) changes to the hours of services rules. Most of these rules will not go into effect until July 1, 2013. A few, however, went into effect Monday, February 27th. These include:

•     Time resting in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) will now be counted as off-duty time in lieu of the current on-duty time.  It is important to note that this off-duty time does NOT extend the 14 consecutive hour daily limit; however, it can be used to allow a driver to extend his weekly limits.  There is no limit on the amount of time that a driver can rest in a parked commercial vehicle.

•     A new “egregious” hours of service violation – defined as exceeding the maximum daily drive time of 11 hours by three or more hours – begins in February.  The penalty for this violation can be as much as $2,750 for a driver and $11,000 for the motor carrier.

As expected, the American Trucking Associations recently filed suit in an objection to the revised 34-hour restart. Additionally, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, and the Truck Safety Coalition sued last week for judicial review of the 11 hour daily drive time limit.

There is no telling how these lawsuits will affect the implementation of these new restrictions.

If you have any questions about the FMCSA hours of service rules, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

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

Trucking Industry News: Sales Tax to be Added on Motor Fuels

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

One of the hottest topics of the Maryland General Assembly has been the numerous taxes and other fees proposed by the Governor in his annual budget. These include:

  • – Reducing itemized mortgage deductions
  • – Lowering citizens’ income tax exemptions
  • – Increasing the tax on certain tobacco products
  • – Adding a sales tax for online purchases
  • – Applying Maryland’s 6% sales tax to motor fuels

 

The last proposed tax hike rose more than a few eyebrows, as it would raise the cost of fuel anywhere from 18 to 23 cents per gallon. However, there are still several questions that have not been answered. These questions include:

  1. Will it be applied at the wholesale or retail level?
  2. Does the proposal include diesel fuel or only gasoline?
  3. How will it impact filings under the International Fuel Tax Agreement?
  4. Will there be a phase-in (expected to be 2% per year over 3 years)?
  5. Will the money go to support the Transportation Trust Fund since the sales tax normally goes to support the General Fund?

Until the Governor formerly introduces his plan, speculation will continue.

Other bills that have been introduced this session that may impact the transportation industry include bills that would:

  • Require legislative approval before a toll increase.
  • Change the off-load policy for perishable products on overweight trucks.
  • Expand the MD State Police’s authority to mirror a portion of Parts 385 and 386 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
  • Prohibit trucks over 48 feet total length from traveling on Maryland Route 212.
  • Prevent transfers of monies out of the Transportation Trust Fund.
  • Remove the presumption that a paid worker is an employee rather than, perhaps, an independent contractor.
  • Use vehicle height detectors in Baltimore City to enforce truck time-of-day restrictions.
  • Redefine those Class E trucks and Class F tractors that are eligible for historic vehicle registrations.

A full list of bills impacting the industry is available at www.mmtanet.com.

If you have any questions about the Governors’ Budget Proposal or any other Bills Affecting the Trucking Industry, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

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

Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Bull & Oyster Roast and Trade Show

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

On Thursday, February 23, the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) is holding a Bull & Oyster Roast and Trade Show. The event promises to be a fun time, with great food, beer, door prizes, and outstanding vendors. We are expecting a big turnout!  And with space limited to 650 and ticket price increases after February 16, you should get your tickets as soon as possible.

Visit www.mmtanet.com/files/oysterroastform.pdf and reserve your tickets today!

About MMTA

Through the collective strength of its members, MMTA has developed effective programs that keep our members’ operating costs down, influence legislative and regulatory decisions in Annapolis and Washington, and keep our members up to date on the many regulations affecting commercial motor transportation.

MMTA is a non-profit, member-driven trade organization that has been serving Maryland’s commercial trucking industry since 1935. Today, MMTA is one of the largest trucking associations in the country, representing 1,000 member companies.

Other Upcoming Events

Feb. 9: Drug and Alcohol Seminar; 8:30 a.m.; MMTA; Baltimore, MD.

Feb. 16: Western MD Chapter; 6:00 p.m.; The Plaza; Hagerstown, MD.

Register: https://connect.computility.com/form/index.php?id=1c6c2e80eedc58b6f05a4d17dde8810a

If you have any questions about the MMTA’s Oyster, Bull Roast and Trade Show, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

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

Emergency Truck Parking…There’s an App for That!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently announced the formation of 45 specifically designed emergency truck parking lots across Maryland. Now, when road conditions begin to decline from winter weather storms accumulating six inches of snow or more, truck drivers have a safe haven to wait out the inclimate weather.

And now there is even a smart phone app to help truck drivers find these 45 new parking lots in Maryland. This new mobile app gives truckers an easy way to view and navigate to nearby trucking parking lots using their cell phones.

But do not get caught searching the app while driving! Don’t forget the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) final rule banning handheld cell phone use while driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). So truckers will need to view the application while fueling or stopped and off of the roadway.

To view an interactive map of all lots, print a pdf format of the map, or download the mobile app, go to www.roads.maryland.gov/Pages/Emergencytruckparking.aspx?PageId=856.

If you have any questions about the Emergency Truck Parking Mobile App, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

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

Trucking Industry News: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Several Changes to Hours of Service Rules

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) recently announced several Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) changes to the hours of services rules. Most of these rules will not go into effect until July 1, 2013, but a few become effective next month (February 27, 2012). These include:

•     Time resting in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) will now be counted as off-duty time in lieu of the current on-duty time.  It is important to note that this off-duty time does NOT extend the 14 consecutive hour daily limit; however, it can be used to allow a driver to extend his weekly limits.  There is no limit on the amount of time that a driver can rest in a parked commercial vehicle.

•     A new “egregious” hours of service violation – defined as exceeding the maximum daily drive time of 11 hours by three or more hours – begins in February.  The penalty for this violation can be as much as $2,750 for a driver and $11,000 for the motor carrier.

All remaining rule changes do not take effect until July 1, 2013.

More information, including Q&A, a copy of the rule, and a comparison chart summarizing key changes, is available at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos-final/hos-final-rule.aspx.

If you have any questions about FMCSA hours of service rules, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

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

Trucking Industry News: Handheld Cell Phone Ban for CMV Drivers

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

As of January 3, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule banning handheld cell phone use officially went into effect. The rule bans all interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers, interstate HAZMAT drivers and intrastate HAZMAT drivers from holding, dialing, and even reaching for a mobile phone.

Any driver found in violation of this rule will face civil penalties up to $2,750 for each offense. Drivers with multiple offenses (two or more violations in three years) risk disqualification from operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).

Companies found allowing drivers to use handheld devices – including “push-to-talk” – while driving face a maximum penalty of $11,000.

CMV drivers who wish to still use a mobile phone or other handheld device must use a hands-free device, located in close proximity, which requires the pressing of no more than a single button to initiate or terminate a phone call.

If you have any questions about FMCSA rule banning handheld use while driving a CMV, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

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