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Is the Hours of Service provision still in effect?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Hours of Service provision

Have you heard about the Hours-of-Service provision?

What is the Hours-of-Service provision?

The Hours-of-Service provision is a ruling that required short-haul drivers to take 30-minute breaks during daily truck driving.

Just this month on Friday August 2nd the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the ruling. However, the American Trucking Associations has confirmed that the U.S. Court of Appeals striking down the provision does not take immediate effect. Short-haul drivers are still required to take 30-minute breaks.

The provision is not immediately dismissed because opposing parties to the Court’s ruling have up to 45 days to make a challenge.

Only when no parties seek a rehearing will the Court’s decision to strike down the provision take effect. The 45 days to challenge goes until September 9th.

Until further notice, short haul drivers need to comply with the hours of service provisions. The regulations from the hours of service have been in effect since July 1st, 2013.

The reasons the Courts have struck down the ruling vary but the primary reason was the uncertainty on how the house of service provision impact specific short haul operations.

One major question on the minds of short-haul drivers is focused on the application of the 30-minute break in relation to short haul drivers that are on duty for 12 hours or more.

It’s important that short haul drivers are operating the safest trucks on the road for those extended hours of work no matter if the Hours-of-Service provision is effective or not.

Truck transport is what keeps America moving. Truck drivers must safely move things across America, port to port (including the Port of Baltimore).

The transport of goods changes on the daily and short haul drivers are an ever-growing population within the truck-driving workforce.

Here at Middleton & Meads we provide Truck Solutions to help your fleet work together better.

The following are services we can provide your short haul drivers:

  • Schedule fleet preventative maintenance
  • Well designed strategy for fuel efficiency
  • Reduce downtime for vehicles in your fleet
  • Regular updates on state and federal regulations
  • Mechanical repairs for seasonal changes/ truck maintenance
  • Reduced tire replacement costs

Learn about our Fleet Management and Frequently Asked Questions to find out about all the benefits we offer to short haul drivers. Yes, this includes Mechanical repairs such as:

•     Brake repairs

•     Clutch repairs

•     Air dryer repairs

•     Starter replacement

We also offer collision repairs for all truck and trailer makes and model.

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:

www.facebook.com/mdmotortruck

http://www.portjobs.org/storage/documents/bigrig_shorthaul.pdf

How Truck Maintenance prevents costly truck accidents

Monday, July 29th, 2013

An accident can happen any time you go behind the wheel of your truck. It’s important to know how to keep your truck in the best condition for driving and be familiar with the laws of the state.

As of July 9, Maryland’s highest court upholds the contributory negligence standard.

How does the Contributory Negligence Standard affect you?

Any time a civil suit comes through Maryland’s Court of Appeals, plaintiffs cannot receive compensation if the court can partly blame them for their injuries under contributory negligence laws.

The MMTA supports the upholding of the contributory negligence.

Before the contributory negligence was upheld, the legislature had to make decisions on whether to pass the comparative negligence fault system into law.

If the comparative negligence fault system went into law, it would allow parties involved in any type of accident to take some level of responsibility for the accident. It would also allow plaintiffs to collect money if the majority of the blame went to the defendant.

Middleton & Meads Co. can help you stay on the road and stay out of trouble with our truck solutions.

Middleton & Meads Co. truck solutions include:

  • Fleet preventative maintenance
  • Better fuel efficiency
  • Reduced downtime for any truck maintenance needs
  • Truck diagnose for any minor issues before they become major issues
  • Reduced tire replacement costs
  • Mechanical Repairs including brake repairs, clutch repairs, starters, alternators and air conditioning
  • Collision Repairs

The better maintenance for your truck, the lower your risk are for being in a costly accident.

Here at Middleton & Meads we are dedicated to being safe on purpose. What does safe on purpose mean?

It means that we take a proactive approach for truck repair solutions. Learn our entire safe on purpose requirements now.

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, and 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.mmtanet.com/files/ENews071013.pdf

How to slow down the aging of your bus fleet with preventative maintenance

Friday, July 5th, 2013

When managing a school bus fleet, it’s important to keep the fleet in the best condition as possible for both cost savings and liability reasons.

One way to keep the bus fleet in good condition is to maintain quality headlights.

Middleton & Meads is the one-stop shop for your bus solutions.

We can assure you that your bus fleet flashing lights are in good condition, that the seating is safe for passengers and window screens are properly installed.

Leather ergonomic seating is the best for navigator seating and passenger seating.

If you want to save on cost, it’s perfectly okay to replace leather seating with fabric seating.

As for protecting the bus fleet from water damage, it’s important to have quality bus windows installed. Middleton & Meads can install all new aluminum tracks for your entire bus fleet to assure all buses have windows that latch and fully close during rainy or snowy days.

Water damage is one of the top reasons bus fleets age quickly.

For extra protection, we recommend installing screens on the bus windows.

Black screens go with just about any type of bus.

Middleton & Meads can also provide bus solutions that help you have a greener and safer bus fleet by reducing pollution emits per mile similar to the way trucks are made to function greener.

Healthier bus fleets reduce the risk of children develop respiratory problems such as asthma.

Asthma affects more than 6.3 million American children a year, making the need for cleaner bus fleets urgent.

You can make your fleet greener with the following services Middleton & Meads provides:

 

•     Mechanical Repairs

•     Collision Repairs

•     Diagnostic Equipment

•     Fleet Management

•     And much more!

With our bus solutions you will:

•     Have reliable fleet preventative maintenance

•     Lower breakdown costs

•     Better fuel efficiency

•     Reduced tire replacement costs

Learn more about our Fleet Management services today.

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.vonslatt.com/bus-body.shtml

http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/replacement.htm

Port of Baltimore: The Benefits of Automotive Repairs

Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Keeping up with good truck maintenance is important for truck safety as well as business profit. Automotive repairs can keep your freight maintained for short and long hauls.
Middleton & Meads understands that a truck breakdown can happen any day, any hour. You don’t want to get stranded. Middleton & Meads is well prepared to handle your automotive repairs.
With multiple trucks, it is important to have a reliable automotive repairs shop at hand for your company.
Middleton & Meads as a reliable automotive repairs shop will always ensure your business has high quality repairs. Our automotive repairs are quick and set repairs at a fair price so your trucks can get back to trucking in no time.
Middleton & Meads is known for its excellent automotive repairs. 

Our auto mechanics are highly skilled and provide excellent customer service. The auto mechanics at Middleton & Meads always maintenance their own tools to provide you the best replacement parts, warranties and more.

You can’t experience that type of maintenance convenience anywhere else.
Learn about our automotive repairs today:

Mechanical Repairs

Brakes, clutches, air dryers, starters, alternators and air conditioning work are just a few of the mechanical repairs performed at our shop.

Collision Repairs

Complete in house collision repairs of all makes and models of trucks and trailers. Middleton and Meads is a Dupont certified shop.

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!

Preventative Maintenance Standard for Tractor Trailers: Is Your Truck Ready for Winter?

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Last week we addressed preventative maintenance and your bus. This week will address tractor-trailers, also known as big rigs, semis, and 18-wheelers. Whatever you call your truck, is it ready for the icy winter conditions on the way?

It is only October, and already we are slated for the first snowfall of the year. It is shaping up to be a harsh winter. Can your truck handle it?

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook – Preventive Maintenance Standards for Trucks and Truck Tractors – outlines the minimum preventative maintenance requirements for vehicle registered as Class E (truck) with a registered gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight greater than 10,000 pounds, or Class F (tractor).

Maintenance requirements include:

Alignment: Inspect axles, beams, spindles, and mountings for broken, damaged, worn, rusted, bent, or modified conditions.

Suspension: Unequal vehicle height, broken or damaged spring leaves, spring shackles, bushings, center bolts, U-bolts, control arms, torque arms, torsion bars or equalizers can affect vehicle steering, alignment, tracking, handling, and stability.

Steering: Inspection of vehicles equipped with power steering shall be conducted with the engine running, power steering fluid at the proper level, and belts in proper condition and tension.

And much, much more!

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook outlines the minimum maintenance requirements for your truck. More frequent maintenance, service, and repairs is recommended.

So rely on Middleton and Meads Company to make certain your truck or fleet is prepared for the cold days and nights. We have all the winter products that you’ll need to be safe AND profitable this winter.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

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!