MMTA News

Wittmeyer Elected 77th MMTA Chairman!

On October 5, 2018, Maria Wittmeyer, Vice President of Transportation for Burris Logistics, was elected the 77th Chairman of Maryland Motor Truck Association at the Association's annual meeting in Ellicott City, MD.  Wittmeyer succeeds outgoing Chairman Matt Ritter of The Ritter Companies.  Founded in 1925, Burris specializes in the precision handling of food goods and related items at virtually all temperatures and points along the supply chain.  To learn more about the company, go to www.burrislogistics.com.




2018 Boosting Your Business Conference Sponsors

Thank You 2018 Conference Sponsors!

Platinum:
  • Beltway Companies
  • Kelly & Associates
  • Scott Taylor
Gold:
  • BESTPASS
  • Cowan Systems
  • FedEx
  • J.J. Keller & Associates
  • UPS

Silver:
  • Baltimore Freightliner
  • Burris Logistics
  • Cummins
  • Franklin & Prokopik
  • Great West Casualty Co.
  • Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel
  • Revolution Payment Systems
  • Richard B. Rudy
  • Sprint
  • The Ritter Companies
  • TMW Systems
  • WABC
Bronze:
  • Baltimore Potomac Truck Centers
  • Builders FirstSource
  • Mack Trucks
  • One World Healthcare
  • Shell Oil Products
  • The Pete Store
  • The Selzer Company
  • Towing & Recovery Professionals of MD
  • Volvo Trucks



MMTA Launches New Drug & Alcohol Consortium

MMTA's recently launched its new Drug and Alcohol Testing Consortium, in partnership with ARCpoint Labs of Southern Maryland, to help members comply with the federally mandated drug and alcohol testing requirements in 49 CFR Part 382 and the collection procedures in 49 CFR Part 40.  The rules are often misunderstood and a frequent cause of violations during audits by law enforcement.

Do you have problems with:

  • Spending too much for tests?
  • Employees waiting forever for a test?
  • Chasing drug testing paperwork?
  • Dialing 1-800 numbers and getting voice mail?
  • Poor customer service?

MMTA's program is here to help.  Benefits include:

  • Inputting, updating and maintaining your driver pool.
  • Random selection of drivers each quarter.
  • Access to 9,000 testing locations across the country.
  • A state of the art system with electronic custody and control forms.
  • 24/7 access to online reports and test results.
  • Locally owned and operated – no 800 calls to a national hotline.
  • Annual reporting in compliance with Parts 40 and 382 of the FMCSRs.
Want to learn more? Go to www.mmtanet.com/files/D&ATestingConsortium.pdf.

 




Electronic Logs Now Required!

As of December 18, 2017, virtually every truck driver needs to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record hours of service, with the following exceptions.

  • Drivers of vehicles with engines manufactured before model year 2000.
  • Drivers who conduct driveaway-towaway operations where the truck being driven is the product being delivered.
  • Short haul drivers using the logbook timecard exceptions (i.e., 100 air miles for CDL drivers or 150 air miles for non-CDL drivers). Go to www.mmtanet.com/files/ELDExceptions.pdf for a summary of these exceptions.
  • Drivers of trucks rented for 8 days or less.

 

Enforcement of the rule will be as follows:

  • Roadside officers will issue violations under 49 C.F.R. 395.22 – Registered ELD Required – until April 1, 2018. This violation will not be included in a carrier’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability profile and will therefore not negatively impact a carrier’s CSA scores.
  • Drivers without electronic logs will notbe placed out-of-service until April 1, 2018 if they are in compliance with the hours of service rules and have an accurate paper log.
  • Starting April 1, 2018, a driver operating without an ELD will be cited under 49 C.F.R. 395.8 – for failure to have a record of duty status. These drivers will be placed out-of-service until they have corrected the problem by repowering the load with a driver not required to use an ELD or having one installed.



Save Money with E-ZPass

What's one great benefit of MMTA membership? All members may enroll in the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system to automate the passage of their trucks through toll facilities across Maryland, as well as other participating states such as Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Members who enroll in E-ZPass through the Association receive a discount on their Maryland tolls that is greater than the rate a member can individually receive on its own if it enrolls in E-ZPass through the Transportation Authority (unless the member is receiving the maximum discount of 20%). The MMTA discount rates are based on a member's monthly tolls in Maryland only for 5+ axle vehicles and are as follows:

MD Monthly Tolls

Discount %

$0 - $149

2%

$150 - $1,999

12%

$2,000 - $7,499

17%

$7,500 or more

20%

For those companies who have already enrolled in E-ZPass through the Transportation Authority - you can easily convert to MMTA's program and begin receiving increased toll discounts as well. There is no need to replace your transponders.

Stop paying too much in tolls! Now is the time to save money by enrolling in MMTA's E-ZPass program. Call MMTA for more information and to obtain an application today! You can also download a copy of the application and the terms and conditions by clicking on the links below.

Application – http://www.mmtanet.com/files/MMTAEZPassApplication052318.pdf

Terms & Conditions – http://www.mmtanet.com/files/MMTAEZPassTermsConditions052318.pdf




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