Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

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!

 

Planning for the Future: Eliminating Costly Breakdowns and Repairs

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Telling the future is impossible. Planning for the future is easy. But with so many variables to keep track of, sometimes it is difficult for business owners to run their business and monitor their entire fleet of trucks. Because of this, Middleton & Meads offers several maintenance services to help keep your fleet running as efficiently as possible!

Middleton & Meads: Keeping you on the Road!

  • Diagnostic Equipment: Technical evaluation of Engine, ABS, and Transmission repairs is always a difficult task. To aid in our diagnoses and evaluation, Middleton & Meads has purchased and utilizes both Genisys and Pro-Link computer systems. These systems allow us to read the electronic data and determine the correct repair.
  • Mechanical Repair: Brakes, clutches, air dryers, starters, alternators and air conditioning work are just a few of the mechanical repairs performed at our shop.
  • 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 Mechanical Repair or 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!

 

$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

 

Maryland Truck Company Forced to Shut Down by FMCSA

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A Maryland trucking company, Gunthers Transport, LLC, was forced to close last year after it was issued an “imminent hazard out-of-service order” by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This was after a FMCSA safety review of the company’s operations found several hours-of-service and vehicle maintenance violations. It was determined that these violations substantially increased the likelihood of serious injury or death to the motoring public.

  1. Gunthers Transport allowed its drivers to falsify their hours-of-service records and exceed the 11-hour limit for daily driving.
  2. Gunthers Transport did not require its drivers to perform pre-trip vehicle safety inspections.

“Safety is our number-one priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Commercial truck companies that recklessly disregard federal safety regulations will be shut down and removed from our roadways.”

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2011/GUNTHERS-TRANSPORTS-LLC.pdf.

“FMCSA has zero tolerance for unsafe trucking companies that place the traveling public at risk. If they do not play by the safety rules of the road, we will take away their ability to operate,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.

Don’t let the same thing happen to your company!

Trust your fleet’s maintenance to 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!

Middleton & Meads: We keep your Vehicle on the Road and you in Business!

If you have any questions about 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!

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Maryland trucking company declared “imminent hazard to the public”

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!

 

Trucking Industry News: Summer Maintenance Tips for your Truck

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Just as truck maintenance is crucial before the frigid winter weather sets in, so too is it crucial before the scorching summer weather takes affect. The typical hot, dry, and humid summer weather here in Maryland causes additional stresses on your truck. This makes spring (NOW!) the perfect time to address truck maintenance.

Summer Truck Maintenance Tips

  1. Cooling System Issues: An estimated 40 percent of downtime is caused by cooling system problems, problems that are 100% preventable. So be sure to perform routine engine maintenance to ensure that your truck is running as efficiently as possible.
  2. Engine Coolant: Your engine coolant should be checked every 500 operating hours, 20,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. It is important to not only monitor coolant levels, but also color. Coolant that appears cloudy or has particulates floating could be an indication of bigger problems.
  3. Tire Pressure: The most critical factor in tire maintenance is proper inflation. Proper inflation leads to proper contact with the road, which will improve traction and braking capabilities. It will also ensure your tires last longer.
  4. Electrical Systems: Be sure to check the alternator’s wiring, battery, battery cables, and the wiring from the engine’s electrical controls. Make sure everything is in proper working order, wires are not frayed and there are no signs of corrosion.
  5. Middleton & Meads: The Middleton & Meads Corporate Headquarters is located at 1900 South Hanover Street in Baltimore. The over four-acre site contains the 35,000 square foot 37 service bay Mechanical Repair building, and the 15,000 square foot 16 bay Collision Repair Center, along with three acres of secure vehicle storage.

If you have any questions about Truck Maintenance, 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!

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Summer Weather Maintenance Tips

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!

Middleton & Meads Vehicle Repair Technology: Hunter Alignment Systems

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Middleton & Meads prides itself on being at the forefront of the vehicle repair technology wave. As vehicles become more reliant on technology to maximize their efficiency, Middleton & Meads has embraced technology as a way to maximize the success of repairs. This is why Middleton & Meads features the Hunter Alignment Systems in our Baltimore and Beltsville shops.

The Hunter Alignment Systems can diagnose problems with a vehicle’s caster, camber, and toe so that the correct adjustments can be made to the vehicle.

Benefits of the Hunter Alignment Systems

  • Optimized for speed and efficiency.
  • Hunter Alignment Systems significantly reduce service time.
  • Having a correctly adjusted alignment can help improve fuel economy and life expectancy of a vehicle’s tires.
  • Hunter Alignment Systems significantly reduce the distance required from the front turnplates to the front bay wall to secure accurate alignment readings.
  • The Hunter Alignment System provides detailed documentation of alignment issues and their adjustments.
  • The Hunter Alignment Systems use a minimum amount of bay space. 

 

If you have any questions about the Hunter Alignment Systems, 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!