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What could happen if the E-ZPass Toll System failed?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The benefits of the E-ZPass toll

What would happen if the E-ZPass toll electronic collection failed? It may not be the first question on your mind when it comes to truck driving, but there’s always a possibility it can happen. In a 3 year state audit of the Maryland Transportation Authority system, it was revealed that the Maryland Transportation Authority system has an inadequate plan for recovering the E-ZPass toll collection system if a disaster such as a system failure occurred.

Major road infrastructures such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge rely on the E-ZPass toll for every day toll transportation needs. The plan the Maryland Transportation Authority had in place since January 2010 is not effective for a system failure because the organization does not have the adequate purchasing controls to handle a system failure. Only 60 employees of the Maryland Transportation Authority have the  authority and training to approve purchasing transactions and document the receipts of E-ZPass toll collections.

Although the current initiators of the transactions had no citing of improper transactions, there’s concern that purchases could be  completed while not being instantly detected.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has collected over $389 million in tolls for the year 2012. Out of that $389 million dollars, $249 million dollars was collected from the E-ZPass toll collection. If the E-ZPass toll lost network connectivity at any time, there’s needs to be an effective communication strategy set in place in the case of an emergency. The plan should include technical issue resolutions and regular testing of the E-ZPass toll.

If you find yourself going through turnpikes/ tunnels, or over bridges and toll roads with deliveries, the E-ZPass can help you save money on your transportation costs because it costs more to pay in cash than to use the electronic payment system. It’s easy to apple for an E-ZPass account and you will receive a transponder device to place in your truck.

The cost of your tolls will vary on your driving distance and your vehicle type. If you are driving a tractor-trailer, it will cost more than driving a commuter car.

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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.

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Source:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-mdta-audit-20140402,0,1679800.story

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/07/as_pennsylvania_turnpike_fees.html

Click It or Ticket: Seatbelts Save Lives :: Maryland Transportation News

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) annual Click It or Ticket campaign is currently underway. The two-week crack down on seatbelt enforcement will run through June 3rd.

Interesting Click It or Ticket Facts and Statistics

  • Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.
  • Of all passenger vehicle occupants ejected from their vehicles, 78% suffered fatal injuries.
  • If all passenger vehicle occupants (ages 5 and older) had worn their seatbelts in 2010, and additional 3,341 lives could have been saved.
  • 70% of 18-34 year old passenger vehicle occupants killed in rural crashes at night were unbuckled.
  • For SUV, pickup, and van occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent.
  • Young men are most at risk. Among passenger vehicle occupants, men ages 18-34, who were killed in fatal crashes, 66% were not buckled – the highest of any age group.
  • The 2-week Click It or Ticket campaign has resulted in more than 3 million seatbelt violations over the last five years.
  • The Click It or Ticket campaign averages a ticket every other second!

 

You can help protect your friends and family when you lead by example and remind others to buckle up. It turns out 9 out of 10 people fasten their seatbelt when asked to do so. So speak up and buckle up, every time on every trip.

If you have any questions about Click It or Ticket, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or 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!

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