MMTA News

2018 Boosting Your Business Conference - October 5, 2018

Former NFL kicker Matt Stover to speak at MMTA's annual "Boosting Your Business" Management Conference on October 5, 2018. Registration is open! Early bird pricing until September 21.

Topics include:

Sustaining Success with Significance.
Matt Stover, Former Baltimore Ravens Kicker and Motivational Speaker

No Drivers Today? Are Autonomous Vehicles on the Way?

Dennis Mooney, Navistar

Will Congress Authorize 18 to 20-year Old Drivers?
Dave Osiecki, Scopelitis Transportation Consulting

On Board Cameras-- What you miss seeing may hurt you!

Andrew Stephenson, Franklin & Prokopik

Register:
Online Registration
Printable Registration Flyer
Sponsorship Flyer




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.

 




Thrower is Maryland's Supertech Champ!

For the 2nd consecutive year, Dave Thrower of Old Dominion Freight Line was named the Grand Champion of Supertech Maryland, a rigorous competition of diesel technicians put on by the Maryland Motor Truck Association.

Thrower joined 36 technicians and students on Saturday, June 16, at CAT North in Severn, MD where they were tested in their knowledge of skills including: engine electrical, preventive maintenance, fasteners, 5th wheel, service information, brakes, wheel end, electrical systems, precision measuring and CSA compliance.  Winners in each skill were recognized, with Thrower winning the Grand Championship for having the highest total score among all competitors. 

The day also included students in training to become technicians, who competed among one another in the "FutureTech" competition.  First place went to Mason McKechnie of Carroll County Career & Technology Center.

Mr. Thrower and Mr. McKecnie will now participate in the national skills competition this September in Orlando, FL.

HDA Truck Pride, North America's largest independent provider of commercial motor vehicle parts and service, also used the competition as a qualifier to determine which of its techs will go to the national competition.  Winners were Brian Judy and Evan Lang.  

A full list of winners is available at www.mmtanet.com/files/2018SuperTechWinners.pdf.  Many thanks go out to our event sponsors, volunteers and equipment contributors who make the day such a success.




Miltenberger Repeats as Truck Driving Champion!

For the 2nd consecutive year, Michael Miltenberger of Pitt Ohio was crowned the Grand Champion of the Maryland State Truck Driving Championships. 

For 71 years Maryland's finest truck drivers have gathered to test their skills as they compete at the championships.  Miltenberger, who drives for Pitt Ohio, topped more than 100 drivers for the title.  He competed in the 5 Axle Van class.

Pitt Ohio also proved to have the most consistent drivers of the day, taking the overall team title for having the highest average score among its drivers.

Kenneth Paulick of Carroll Independent Fuel 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 Jason Toothman of FedEx Freight.

Winners in all 10 driving classes are available here. Congratulations to all competitors, who must have been accident free for at least the past 12 months in order to compete.



2018 SuperTech Maryland Competition!

Saturday, June 16, 2018
CatNorth, 800 Stevenson Rd. Severn MD 21144

SuperTech Maryland is a hands-on skills competition where heavy-duty truck & bus technicians test their abilities against their peers. The event begins with a written test based on TMC Recommended Practices and/or Manufacturers’ Practices. Contestants then proceed to hands-on skill stations, where they have 23 minutes to complete each station.

Win prizes for being the BEST TECH at any one Skill Station!!!

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Registration ends May 25, 2018!

Online Registration:
https://gmod-connect.aptean.com/f/fid.php?id=1c6c2e80eedc58b6f05a4d17dde8810a

SuperTech Maryland 3 pages including registration:
www.mmtanet.com/files/2018Supertech3pages.pdf

SuperTech Sponsorship Flyer Maryland:
www.mmtanet.com/files/2018SponsorshipFlyer.pdf

SuperTech Volunteer Maryland:
http://www.mmtanet.com/files/2018VolunteerForm.pdf

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For Questions: MMTA Office: Call Selena at 410-644-4600 or email sgriffin@mmtanet.com




2017 Drivers of the Month/Year

On January 23 Michael Miltenberger of Pitt Ohio was named the 2017 Maryland Truck Driver of the Year at a banquet in Catonsville, MD. Miltenberger was one of 12 drivers honored as the 2017 Drivers of the Month by Maryland Motor Truck Association, and was selected as the Driver of the Year by the Maryland State Police. His extraordinary service record includes:

  • Driving for over 25 years and traveling 1.7 million safe miles.
  • Serving as a volunteer firefighter for 27 years.
  • Volunteering in a "stuff a truck” Christmas toy drive for 9 years.
  • Serving as a driver trainer at his company’s terminal.
  • Being named the Grand Champion at the 2017 Maryland State Truck Driving Championships
  • Winning the national championship in the 5-axle class at the National Truck Driving Championships in 2017.

The combined records of the Drivers of the Month are exceptional, with more than 267 years of experience and over 15 million safe miles travelled. For a list of the winners, please visit http://www.mmtanet.com/files/2017 MMTA Drivers of the MonthYear.pdf. To view pictures, visit https://www.facebook.com/mdmotortruck.

Congratulations to all of the winners!


 





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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