MMTA News (Archived)

Perdue's Steve Williams is Maryland's Driver of the Year!

On January 29, 2019 Steve Williams of Perdue was named the 2018 Maryland Truck Driver of the Year. Williams was one of 12 drivers honored as the 2018 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 29 years and traveling 3 million safe miles.
  • Serving as a volunteer with disabled children through the Special Olympics Truck Convoy and Operation Teddy Bear.
  • Being recognized in 2018 by the National Private Truck Council as a National Driver All-Star for excellence in customer service, safety, compliance and community service.
  • Serving as a driver trainer at his company’s terminal.
  • Placing first in the Sleeper Berth Class at the 2018 Maryland State Truck Driving Championships.

The combined records of the 12 Drivers of the Month are exceptional, with more than 336 years of experience and over 23 million safe miles traveled. In addition to the Drivers of the Month/Year, Barry Wertz of D.M. Bowman was honored as the Safety Supervisor of the Year, and Master Trooper Michael Riwniak of the Maryland State Police won the 12th annual Inspector of the Year competition. For a list of the winners, please go to www.mmtanet.com/files/2019DOTYAwardWinners.pdf. Event pictures will be available at www.facebook.com/mdmotortruck. Congratulations to all our winners!

 




MMTA Oyster, Bull Roast, & Trade Show

Enjoy delicious food, catch up with friends, and see new products!

February 28th 5:30 to 9 pm

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





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



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.



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: https://www.facebook.com/mdmotortruck for pictures.

 




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.



MMTA Members Now Save on Goodyear Tires!

In an effort to keep giving you value, MMTA is pleased to announce the launching of a new tire discount purchasing program where members can save on all Goodyear and Dunlop tires. This savings applies to commercial heavy duty, auto and light truck tires and can be used at over 2,300 locations and dealers throughout North America. There is no minimum order, so you pay the MMTA rate even if you are only buying a single tire!

 

To start taking advantage of this program, fill out our enrollment flyer at www.mmtanet.com/files/Goodyear.pdf. You will be set up to buy within a few days and can start saving with the purchase of your next Goodyear!




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.

 




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: www.mmtanet.com/files/DCLoadingZoneFlyer.pdf
  • FAQs: www.mmtanet.com/files/LoadingZoneFAQs.pdf
  • Screen shots of how to apply for a permit online: www.mmtanet.com/files/DCPermitPresentation.pdf
  • Additional information is available at www.godcgo.com/freight. Questions should be directed to Eulois Cleckley (eulois.cleckley@dc.gov, 202-671-0682) or Laura Richards (laura.richards2@dc.gov, 202-671-2226) at the DC Dept. of Transportation.





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: http://www.mmtanet.com/files/ENews051614.pdf




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.

Cost:
$75 for MMTA members, $125 for non-members;
Location:
MMTA---NEW Location: 9256 Bendix Road, Suite 203, Columbia, MD 21045
Time:
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 www.mva.maryland.gov/Driver-Services/Apply/CDL/commercial.htm. 




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