Posts Tagged ‘transportation needs’

Truck Fleet Maintenance Tips: Getting the most out of your Tires

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

As any fleet manager knows, tires represent the number one maintenance cost for truck fleets. But what really makes tire maintenance such a burden for fleet managers is the fact that it is so reliant on outside factors, such as driver attention.

Pressure Systems International (PSI) executive vice president Frank Sonzala noted these  reasons for poor tire maintenance:

  • 58% of drivers don’t pay attention
  • 52% of drivers don’t think it’s their job
  • 42% of drivers lack motivation
  • 32% of drivers lack education about tire maintenance

Reasons for improper inflation pressure:

  • Takes too long to check.
  • It’s a dirty task.
  • Inside duals difficult to reach.
  • Inflation gauges are inaccurate.
  • Lose valve caps after pressure checks.
  • Valve cores stick in the cold and lose air.

Middleton & Meads Fleet Management

Monitoring a fleet of trucks can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why Middleton & Meads offers a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan – from cost reports to scheduling notifications – to minimize costly breakdowns.

If you have any questions about Fleet Management, 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!

 

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

 

Maryland Expands its Use of Virtual Weigh Stations (VWS) :: Trucking News

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The state of Maryland began using virtual weigh stations (VWS) in 2009 in Howard County. These VWS checkpoints consist of sensors in the road to determine a truck’s weight, working in conjunction with an overhead camera used to identify the carrier. The VWS computes the truck’s weight and determines whether a safety inspection is needed, based on the compliance record of the truck carrier.

Expanding the use of Virtual Weight Stations in Maryland

Over the past several years, the State Highway Administration has expanded its uses of VWS, installing virtual scales on Route 50/301 approaching the Bay Bridge, Route 301 North about 2 miles south of Route 227, along MD 213 near Delaware, and on I-95 at Caton Avenue in Baltimore, with a future site planned at I-83 North near Pennsylvania. And there appears to be no end in sight for the expansion of the VWS program.

If you have any questions about Virtual Weigh Stations or 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 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

 

Fuel Economy: How to Save Fuel and Money! :: Trucking Industry News

Friday, June 8th, 2012

As a truck driver or fleet manager, you know that fuel is one of the largest expenses incurred by each and every truck fleet, accounting for as much as 25% of total operating costs. Because of this, exceptional fuel economy is incredibly important.

Improving Fuel Economy: Consuming Fuel as Efficiently as Possible

  • Overcoming Forces: Fuel is consumed to produce horsepower to overcome all of the forces acting upon the truck. Thus, a truck that travels down the road with minimum resistance will use less horsepower and consume less fuel.
  • Key Factors: Aerodynamics, truck equipment – engine and accessories – powertrain efficiency; tire rolling resistance; environmental conditions; fleet management technology and telematics; driver behavior; and vehicle maintenance all play a role in fuel economy. Addressing these issues and staying current with the latest technologies will help improve fuel economy.
  • Middleton & Meads: Monitoring a fleet can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why 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. A well-managed fleet with well-maintained vehicles is sure to help boost the fuel economy of your trucks!

We keep your Vehicle on the Road and you in Business!

If you have any questions about Fuel Economy or Fleet Management, 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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

The Maryland 2012 Truck Driving Championships are less than a Month away!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Next month, on Saturday June 9th at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, the most skilled truck drivers in Maryland will compete for the prestigious title of grand champion at the 2012 Maryland Truck Driving Championships. The winner will advance to the National Truck Driving Championships.

Think you are worthy? The enrollment deadline is this Friday, May 25th, so hurry! Space is limited and is filling up quickly.

Driver enrollment form

Only the most skilled Maryland drivers need apply!

Middleton & Meads: Supporting the Maryland Trucking Industry

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.

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 about the Maryland 2012 Truck Driving Championships, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or click here today!

Baltimore-Washington’s Premier Truck and Bus Repair Solutions Company!

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

House Bill 1051: Increasing Driving Costs for Maryland Motorists

Monday, March 5th, 2012

In an effort to increase revenue, Maryland House Ways & Means Committee Chair, Sheila Hixson (D-20) and Delegate James Gilchrist (D-17) recently introduced House Bill 1051.

Synopsis: Altering the definition of a “taxable service” under the sales and use tax to impose the tax on specified services; exempting from the sales tax the sale of a parking facility or service by a political subdivision of the State; etc.

If passed, House Bill 1051 will expand sales tax to incur motor vehicle repairs and services, including:

•      Service contracts

•      Extended warranty contracts

•      Road service

•      Towing

House Bill 1051 will be costly for every Maryland car owner, and will also raise insurance premiums for all drivers.

For the above reasons, AAA is urging you to ACT NOW and write your personal General Assembly representatives (House and Senate) as well as members of the Ways & Means Committee to voice your strong opposition to taxing motor vehicle repairs and towing in House Bill 1051 through the AAA Issues Action Center.

If you have any questions about the House Bill 1051, 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!

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

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