MMTA News (Archived)

MMTA 2018 Golf Outing

MMTA would like to thank everyone who sponsored and participated in the annual spring golf outing.

Results from the event include:

1st Place Foursome:
Carroll Independent – Ben Phelps, Tim Flanagan, Shane Williams, Tyler White
2nd Place Foursome:
Evan Transportation – Doug Priddy, Joe Jarosz, Les Quillet, Roger Main

Closest to the Pin:
Men’s – Joey Cleveland
Women’s – Barbara Kight

Longest Drive:
Men’s – Ben Phelps
Women’s – Tammy Good

Visit MMTA’s Facebook page at: for pictures.


Maryland Truck Driving Championships

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
MD State Fairgrounds, Timonium

Do you have Maryland's BEST Driver? Enter and find out!

Driver registration now open!
Registration date ends May 10th!

TDC Driver Entry Form 2018 Enrollment Form 2018.pdf

This form MUST be returned to MMTA by close of business on May 10, 2018 to allow time for electronic scoring preparation. Entry and Release Forms, driver study guides, hotel information, and agendas will not be mailed until this form has been received by MMTA with your payment.

Sponsorship Flyer:

For Questions:
Brenda Tharp, or MMTA Office:410-644-4600


MMTA's Person of the Year is Howard Levine!

Join us for....

Maryland Motor Truck Association's
Person of the Year Banquet!

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: Reception 6 p.m., Dinner 6:45 p.m.
Place: Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Honoree: Howard Levine, Ramar Moving Systems


Please R.S.V.P by April 18th, 2018.

Proceeds for this event provide financial support for students enrolled in trucking-related programs at MMTA-member community colleges.

For questions:
Dottie Duvall,, 410-644-4600


MMTA 2017 Conference Sponsors

MMTA would like to thank this year's 2017 Management Conference Sponsors. 

For a complete listing visit the sponsor slideshow.  

Ritter Named New Chairman!

On October 5, 2017, Matt Ritter of The Ritter Companies was elected the 76th Chairman of Maryland Motor Truck Association.  Ritter succeeds outgoing Chairman Jonathan Kuentz of Ross Contracting.  With a fleet of 120 trucks and 230+ drivers, Ritter is the largest U.S. Mail carrier in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.  The company also provides regional dry freight delivery.  To learn more about the company, go to

Boosting Your Business Management Conference is Oct 5th!

Workshops include:
  • Find and keep the drivers you need!
  • Make points powerfully without being pushy!
  • Safety is no accident!
Early Bird Pricing until Sept 20:
  • $50 Workshop Only!
  • $110 for workshops, reception, banquet & entertainment!
Event Location: 
Turf Valley Resort, 2700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD

Register: 410-644-4600 or at


2017 SuperTech Maryland Winners!

On June 17, 30 of the state’s tops diesel technicians and students participated in SuperTech Maryland, a skills based mechanic’s competition. Dave Thrower of Old Dominion was recognized as the Maryland SuperTech champion with Austin Weinreich of North American Trade School placing first in the FutureTech student competition. For a listing of the top participants, visit Maryland Winners List.pdf.

Governor Hogan Honored as MMTA Person of the Year

On Thursday, May 4, Maryland Motor Truck Association recognized Governor Larry Hogan as its 2017 Person of the Year. Nearly 200 people gathered in support of the Governor’s contributions to the trucking industry, which include:

  • Rededicated transportation funds to highway projects;
  • Reduced tolls for the first time in the state’s history; and
  • Eliminated the stormwater fee mandate.

"We are experiencing tremendous job growth, business growth, and an exciting economic resurgence in our state, and the men and women of the Maryland Motor Truck Association have played a key role in that success,” said Governor Hogan. "With our administration, the trucking industry will continue to have a friend in the governor’s office, and a tireless advocate who will be fighting on your behalf each and every day.”

Proceeds from the event support the MMTA Walter & Harriet Thompson Scholarship fund, which provides financial support to students enrolled in truck driving and diesel mechanic programs at MMTA member community colleges. This year’s students are enrolled at the Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute at Garrett College.


2017 MMTA Oyster, Bull Roast, & Trade Show

February 16th, 2016
5:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Martin's West *** 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21244

Purchase Tickets:
PDF Flyer
Order Tickets Online

RSVP: Kathy Norris at or 410-644-4600


Tickets purchased up to Feb. 3 $50.00 (after Feb. 3 $55.00)

Table of 10 up to Feb. 3: $475.00 (after Feb. 3: $525.00)
Reserved seating is ONLY provided for purchased tables of 10.

Trade Show Booth Pricing up to Feb. 3: $400.00 (after February 3: $500.00)
Note: Electricity is $35.00 extra.

Trade Show: See the latest products and services at our vendor trade show!

Donations: Donations of door prizes are welcome!

Kuentz Named New Chairman of the Board

Jonathan Kuentz of Ross Contracting was elected 2016-2017 Chairman of the Board of Maryland Motor Truck Association at MMTA's annual meeting on Thursday, September 29, 2016.  Kuentz succeeds outgoing Chairman Dennis Morgan of Cowan Systems.

Kuentz is the Director of Maintenance for Ross Contracting, a regional construction firm located in Mt. Airy, MD.

Thank You Conference Sponsors!

MMTA's annual conference is September 29.  This event could not be held without the outstanding financial support we receive from our sponsors.  We urge our members to consider these companies when making product and service decisions throughout the year.

Platinum Sponsors
Scott Taylor

Gold Sponsors
Beltway Companies
Cowan Systems
J.J. Keller & Associates
TMW Systems

Silver Sponsors
Baltimore Freightliner
Baltimore Potomac Truck Centers
Franklin & Prokopik
Great West Casualty
Help, Inc./PrePass
John W Ritter
Richard B. Rudy
The Pete Store

Bronze Sponsors
Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel
Lightning Transportation
Moving Masters
Ramar Moving Systems
Schwartz, Metz & Wise, PA
The Selzer Company
Towing & Recovery Professionals of MD
Town & Country Movers
Volvo Trucks

MMTA has Moved!

After 59 years in Baltimore, Maryland Motor Truck Association recently moved to Columbia. Effective July 21, our new address is:

Maryland Motor Truck Association
9256 Bendix Road
Suite 203
Columbia, MD 21045

All other contact information (phone, fax) is the same.

MMTA Continues to Grow!

With your help MMTA continues to meet its membership goals.  We now are approaching almost 1,100 members.  Please help us welcome our new members.  To view new members who have joined the Association since July 1, 2015 download our printable list.

2016 MMTA Driver of the Month/Year

Congratulations to all the MMTA 2016 Drivers of the Month & Driver of the Year!

The combined records of the Drivers of the Month = 337 years and 21 million miles of safe driving!

Printable PDF:

This year’s Driver of the Year is Annette Womack from Giant Food.
Annette Womack, Giant Food:

  • Has been driving for over 30 years, with 1.7 million accident free miles in some of the most congested and difficult areas of Baltimore and Washington DC.
  • Created a driver route book that is being published to help new drivers get safely in and out of Giant’s 120 stores in the area.
  • Started the "Transportation News”, a communication tool that alerts transportation managers of safety issues at stores and distribution centers.
  • Visited 10 schools in the last year to share what she has seen from behind the wheel with kids.

Driver of the Month Winners:

January 2015

Joseph Garvin,  ABF Freight Systems

February 2015

Norman Beck, BGE

March 2015

Kenneth Kelley, DM Bowman

April 2015

David Brunner, Builders First Source

May 2015

Kenneth Stiltner, Cowan Systems

June 2015

James Yarbrough, Evan Transportation

July 2015

Lawrence Tisdale, Forman, Inc.

August 2015

Annette Womack, Giant Food

September 2015

James Dupee, Interstate Van Lines

October 2015

Michael Miltenberger, Pitt Ohio

November 2015

Morris Schrum, Terminal Transportation Svcs.

December 2015

Curtis Dennard, UPS Freight



MMTA Names New Chairman and Board of Directors

On Thursday, October 1, Maryland Motor Truck Association elected Dennis Morgan as its Chairman of the Board for 2015-2016 at the Association's annual meeting in Ellicott City, MD.  Morgan is the president of Cowan Systems, LLC.  Cowan provides dry van and refrigerated truckload services, warehousing, intermodal/drayage, dedicated contract carriage and brokerage services primarily in the mid-Atlantic region.  Cowan is currently ranked number 66 in the Transport Topics "Top 100" for-hire carriers. 

Also elected with Morgan were the new MMTA officers and Board of Directors.  The other officers are:
  • Jonathan Kuentz, Ross Contracting - 1st Vice Chairman
  • Matt Ritter, John W. Ritter Trucking - 2nd Vice Chairman
  • Ray Shipley, Shipley Transport - Secretary/Treasurer.

Weigh Station Reopens on I-83 in Parkton

The truck weigh and inspection station on Interstate 83 southbound in Parkton is now open. This station has been closed since early 2013 for a $3.2 million renovation. It will include an inspection pit and parking for vehicles placed out of service. In addition, the facility has been modernized to include a full platform truck scale, which will significantly reduce the time required to weigh a commercial vehicle.

Commercial Vehicle Loading Permits Available Today in DC

As reported last week, Washington DC is launching a new curbside loading zone program for commercial motor vehicles parked on the city’s streets. This program requires delivery vehicles to obtain an annual or daily permit, or pay an hourly rate, to park in a commercial loading zone at curbside. It does not apply if you are parked at a private loading dock.



  • Annual Permits: Annual permits may be purchased if your vehicles regularly enter the District. The cost is $323 per vehicle for a calendar year permit, plus a $50 annual fee for a company. An annual permit decal must be displayed in a vehicle’s windshield unless you buy more than 75 permits. Trucks up to 40’ that have an annual permit may also park in metered spaces between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Daily Permits: Daily permits can be obtained online and will be available for printing the day of purchase.The cost is $25 per vehicle.
  • Hourly Pay-by-Phone: A pay-by-phone option through ParkMobile is available to companies who do not purchase annual or daily permits. The cost is $2 per hour.
  • Companies can begin applying for annual permits beginning today. All annual permits purchased before January 1, 2015 will be valid until December 31, 2015. Enforcement will begin January 1, 2015.
  • Further information about the program is available as follows:
  • Short flyer with program details:
  • FAQs:
  • Screen shots of how to apply for a permit online:
  • Additional information is available at Questions should be directed to Eulois Cleckley (, 202-671-0682) or Laura Richards (, 202-671-2226) at the DC Dept. of Transportation.

Your Truck Batteries may be Stolen!

Watch Out or Your Truck Batteries may be Stolen!

In recent weeks several Baltimore-area members have had batteries stolen from their trucks. MMTA is aware of about 50 batteries that have been stolen from member companies since mid-April, primarily around Brooklyn, Curtis Bay and Halethorpe. To aid in prevention, MMTA is establishing a battery theft distribution list. Any member who wishes to put on the list will receive e-mail alerts from the Association whenever a battery theft occurs. If your company is victimized by battery theft and notifies MMTA, we will assist with reporting the incident to law enforcement and will make other members on our distribution list aware of the criminal activity. Our hope is that a coordinated information sharing effort will help protect members and assist law enforcement in apprehending the responsible parties. If you would like to be added to this distribution list, or if you want to report an incident, please contact Louis Campion at MMTA,

Get $30,000 to Replace Your Old Port Trucks

Attention Port of Baltimore operators - the Maryland Port Administration recently secured a federal EPA grant that offers $30,000 to truck owners to help them replace their older dray trucks with cleaner vehicles with 2010 engines. This program is available to both owner operators and fleets.

For more information click:

Compliance & Drug/Alcohol Seminars

Make sure your company is in compliance with the various federal and state motor carrier safety regs. These seminars cover the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), federal and state roadside inspections, drug and alcohol testing, drug and alcohol regulations, safety review procedures and more. All attendees receive a management edition of the FMCSRs and relevant handouts to the specific seminar.

$75 for MMTA members, $125 for non-members;
MMTA---NEW Location: 9256 Bendix Road, Suite 203, Columbia, MD 21045
8:30 a.m.- 12 noon; Training Dates:
Upcoming Dates:
Please call 410-644-4600 for the upcoming Fall schedule.

MMTA Secures $16 Million Tax Credit for Class F Truck Tractors

In the final days of the 2013 General Assembly MMTA scored a huge victory, securing a $16 million income tax credit to offset some of the costs of registering Class F truck tractors. Here are the details:

  • Amount of credit: $400 per year for every Class F truck tractor you title and register in the state, applied to your MD state income tax. The credit does not apply to Class E trucks (straight trucks, dumps, etc.)
  • The credit is applicable for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016.It may not be carried over from year-to-year.
  • It is available to individuals or corporations, so it can be taken regardless of how your organization is structured (e.g. LLCs, S-Corps, Partnerships, etc.).

MMTA thanks Senator Ed Kasemeyer, Senator Ed DeGrange, Senator David Brinkley, Delegate Norm Conway and Senate President Mike Miller's Chief of Staff, Vickie Gruber, who worked closely with us to secure this tax credit. MMTA's accountant, Andy Garrett of WABC, can work with your company to ensure you get the credit's maximum value. For a copy of the language, contact Louis Campion at MMTA.

Maryland Launches Skills Test Waiver for Veterans

Last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a procedure whereby state driver licensing agencies can waive the skills portion of the CDL test for military veterans that have two years of safe driving in military equivalents of commercial motor vehicles.  Maryland expected to launch the program in March of 2013, but as of January 1st of this year, the skills test waiver for military veterans is in effect.  For more information, go to 

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