Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

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!

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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!

 

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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Click It or Ticket

 

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!

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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!

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!

Maryland Crime Rises with Gas Prices

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We saw similar crimes during the U.S. oil crisis of the 1970’, when people began to siphon gas from other cars. Today, with gas prices constantly rising, thieves in Maryland have devised a new way to get free gas. They’re drilling holes in fuel tanks! And, according to Takoma Park Police, this trend is expected to continue.

“We’re going to keep an eye on it, especially as we’re expecting gas to go over $4 per gallon,” said Andrew Gucciardo, a crime analyst with Takoma Park police. “We’re thinking this is going to be a trend.”

There have been well over a dozen separate reported incidents since November. In one such instance, a thief drilled holes in 14 separate trucks at a Toyota dealership in Annapolis, stealing just 3 gallons of gas per truck, but causing over $8,000 in damages.

“This crime could put motorists into harm’s way,” Townsend said in a statement. “A leaking gas tank can be extremely dangerous. What’s worse is the costly damages gas thefts leave. In the end, drivers aren’t only left with an empty tank but also with empty pockets after spending hundreds of dollars in repair costs.”

To view the full article, please go to http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/maryland/2012/01/md-thieves-drill-fuel-tanks-gas/208931.

If you have any questions about the Maryland Thieves Drilling Fuel Tanks for Gas, 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!

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Md. thieves drill fuel tanks for gas

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!

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Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News