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


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

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 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:
  • 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.

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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