Posts Tagged ‘trucking industry’

How to Make Trucking More Comfortable

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
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There are a ton of ways you can make trucking a lot more comfortable.

In your trucking career, one of the most important tasks you will have is to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Next to your safety and the safety of the other drivers on the road, your comfort is a highly important part of your time as a truck driver. For most people, physical discomfort causes them to become agitated, which is not at all safe for someone who is driving for a living. Follow these tips to keep yourself comfortable while on the road. (more…)

Everything You Wanted To Know About Pre-Trip Inspections

Friday, April 21st, 2017
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Conducting pre-trip inspections should be routine for every trucker.

The most important part of the day for any truck driver is the pre-trip inspection. In fact, driving a healthy vehicle is the only way you should ever drive. Therefore, making sure that you have all the proper inspections completed before you take your trip will ensure that you are safe on the long road ahead. There are some common inspections that can sometimes be overlooked, so it’s imperative that you make sure to look for these specific issues before deciding to head out on the road. (more…)

Some Of The Most Common CSA Violations

Friday, March 17th, 2017
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Ensuring you avoid violating CSA regulations is a lot easier than you think!

As a trucker, it is critical that you avoid violating the regulations set out under CSA. From your actual truck to driver violations, there are many common issues that pop up that need to be addressed. Here are just a few of the most common CSA violations that occur most frequently and some helpful ways to avoid them. (more…)

The Shipping Seasons for Truckers

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Trucking Shipping SeasonsFor any involved with the trucking industry, it is always helpful to have an understanding of the industry. Whether you are a consumer using the trucks, a driver that does the shipping, or the maintenance crews for the trucks themselves, you need to understand when the industry is most active and when it begins to slow. This understanding with all parties can help shipment run smoothly and more effectively.

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The Dangers Of Multi Federal And State Transit Taxes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

As you may have witness during the State of The Union Address last night, big changes are coming to Federal and State Laws. The trucking industry is no exception.

Maryland’s General Assembly has been in session for one month and big changes are already underway as the state frantically searches for new sources of revenue to fund transportation projects such as highway construction and transit funding programs.

Just this month the Senate President, Mike Miller has introduced a bill that will tremendously impact the trucking industry. Here is what the bill pertains:

  1. The creation of 2 regional transit districts will happen for Baltimore and Washington DC. One in each metropolitan area and elected officials will serve on governing boards to issue bonds, set transit fares, and add a property tax on owners located in the metropolitan areas to pay for the State’s transit systems.
  2. Counties will have authorization to raise motor vehicle fuel taxes up to 5 cents a gallon on the wholesale level prior to the year 2017. The year 2017 the State will take the initiatives to impose the tax increase.
  3. A 3% sales tax on motor fuels will be implemented. Currently, motor fuels are exempt from sales tax.

This week, MMTA’s Legislative Committee has voted against this bill because the committee believes too many levels of government have the taxing authority privilege.

A taxing authority system as the one suggested in the bill is ripe for corruption such as excessive taxation, evasion and using tax revenue for non-transportation purposes.

This bill is just one of roughly 2,300 bills proposed.

If this bill gets passed it will impact the trucking industry in the following ways:

  • Overweight and Over extended vehicle penalties will increase.
  • Price caps on goods/ services/ transportation will be enforced for state emergencies.
  • Prevention of Hydraulic Fracking on natural gas vehicles.
  • No decal requirement on vehicles carrying controlled hazardous substances.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today to prepare for Fleet Management, Maryland State, DOT, Chassis Inspections and more for your truck!

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!

Maryland Trucking Industry News: Port Truck Ban Removed from CAP

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

As we addressed a little more than a month ago in our blog, Will Baltimore City Ban Older Port Trucks?, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability recommended banning older trucks from the Port of Baltimore as part of organization’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). This proposition was made in an effort to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

As you might imagine, members of the trucking industry, most notably the MMTA and Maryland Port Administration, strongly opposed the truck ban. A copy of MMTA’s comments can be viewed at www.mmtanet.com/Baltimore-City-Climate-Action-Plan-Comments.pdf.

Because of this strong opposition to the ban, Baltimore Office of Sustainability officials revisited its proposal. And the most recent CAP draft excludes any mention of a truck ban.

If you have any questions about the Maryland 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

 

$105.2 Billion Highway Reauthorization Passed by Congress

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Recently, on 29 June 2012, Congress passed the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” a $105.2 billion highway reauthorization bill. The bill includes the following:

  • Tolls: The bill maintains the status quo on allowing states to toll existing Interstates, but makes it easier to build new Interstate lanes with toll financing.
  • Truck Size: There is no increase in size and weight limits.
  • Freight Policy: The bill established a new National Freight Network and requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a national freight plan.
  • Broker Bond: Increased the broker bond to $75k.
  • Wetliness: DOT is prohibited from publishing a wetlines rule for 2 years or until a GAO study determines whether such a rule will be necessary.
  • Entrant Testing: New entrant motor carriers must complete a proficiency test on safety regulations and complete a DOT safety review within one year.
  • Employer Notification: Within 1 year, FMCSA must establish standards for state systems that automatically notify motor carriers of drivers’ moving violations and other changes.
  • Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: Within 2 years, DOT will establish a clearinghouse to capture drivers’ positive drug/alcohol test results. 
  • 34 Hour Restart: DOT must complete a field study by March 31, 2013 of the changes to the  hours of service 34 hour restart provision, which is due to go into effect in July 2013.
  • Electronic Truck Logs: Within 1 year, DOT must establish guidelines for electronic logs (EOBRs) for motor carriers, who will have 2 years to install the new devices. 

The bill provides a continuation of existing federal transportation funding levels through Sept. 30, 2014.

If you have any questions about The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act 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.” 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

 

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!

 

Women in Trucking Association Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Formed in March 2007 to encourage women to seek careers in the trucking industry and support those already in the industry, the Women in Trucking association recently celebrates its 5th anniversary. The association’s accomplishments include:

  • The annual salute to Women Behind the Wheel, honoring professional female drivers
  • The Influential Woman in Trucking Award
  • An anti-harassment employment guide
  • The formation of a scholarship foundation

Mission: Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.

Women in Trucking is quickly nearing 2,000 members, which includes both individuals and organizations.

“We represent the women who design and build trucks, sell the trucks, fix the trucks, and own the trucks, as well as those who drive them,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women in Trucking.

For more information on Women in Trucking, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org! Or, if you are interested in becoming a member, you can do so by completing the application.

If you have any questions about the Women in Trucking Association, 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!

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