MMTA News

Patella Named MMTA Chairman

Armand Patella was elected the 78th Chairman of the Board of Maryland Motor Truck Association at its annual meeting on September 26. Patella is the president of Preferred Services LLC, a company he formed after previously spending over 35 years in the maritime and intermodal trucking industries.

Armand has been the Chairman of the MMTA Intermodal Council for the past 10 years. He also:

     - Serves as Treasurer of MMTA’s Political Action Committee

     - Is past Chairman of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s Freight Movement Task Force

     - Is actively involved in the Baltimore Port Alliance’s Executive Steering Committee.

     - Was named the 2019 Baltimore Traffic Club’s Transportation Person of the Year.

Armand succeeds outgoing 2018-2019 Chairman Maria Wittmeyer of Burris Logistics. Photos from the event are available on MMTA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mdmotortruck/.

MMTA’s annual meeting attracted 150 attendees.The event is not possible without the generous support of numerous sponsors. To view a slideshow of sponsors, please go to www.mmtanet.com/files/SponsorSlideShow.pdf

 




2019 SuperTech Maryland Winners

John Kidd of Travel Centers of America was named the Grand Champion at the 7th annual SuperTech Maryland competition on June 22, 2019.  For the second year in a row, Kidd also won the CSA Compliance skill station. Other winners were recognized in skills like brakes, engines, electrical, wheel end, and more.

A record 41 technicians and students training to become diesel techs ("FutureTechs”) competed in 2019. Joshua Gerber of Washington County Technical Institute won the FutureTech competition. A complete list of winners is available at www.mmtanet.com/files/2019SuperTechWinners.pdf.




Royer is Maryland’s TDC Grand Champion!

Kurt Royer of YRC Worldwide was named Grand Champion of the 2019 Maryland Truck Driving Championships on Saturday, June 1.

For 72 years Maryland's finest truck drivers have gathered to test their skills as they compete at the championships. Royer, who drives for YRC, topped 102 drivers for the title. He competed in the 4 Axle Van class. This is the 5th time he has won his class, and the first time he has been recognized as the Grand Champion!

The team competition was won by Giant of Maryland, who narrowly edged out XPO Logistics.

Victor Carter of UPS Chesapeake was named Rookie of the Year for achieving the highest overall score among first-time competitors and won the Tanker class. Great job by a rookie!

First place in the Pre-Trip Inspection competition went to Lou Petrovia of XPO Logistics.

Congratulations to all competitors, who must have been accident free for at least the past 12 months in order to compete.

Winners in all 11 driving classes are available here.


 




Gaumer is MMTA's 2019 Person of the Year!

On Saturday, April 27, Wayne Gaumer of Lightning Transportation was recognized as Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Person of the Year at a banquet with over 140 attendees in Ellicott City, MD.

 

Gaumer has spent 53 years in the trucking industry and is currently Lightning’s President Emeritus. His many contributions to MMTA and the trucking industry include:

  • Serving as a longtime MMTA Board member and former Executive Committee member. 
  • Representing Maryland as the state’s representative on the Board of the American Trucking Associations for the last decade.
  • Service on the Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference of the American Trucking Associations, as well as ATA’s Independent Contractor Policy Committee.
  • Giving testimony before the Federal Maritime Commission concerning Port congestion. 
  • Remaining active in local issues concerning the Port of Baltimore through his participation on committees such as QCHAT.

 

MMTA’s annual Person of the Year Banquet supports the Walter & Harriet Thompson Scholarship Fund, which supports students in training to get their commercial driver’s licenses. The recipient students this year will be from Montgomery College and the Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute at Garrett College.




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.

 




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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