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Upcoming Events October 30, 2020

December 3rd 10 am to 12 pmOnline Drug and Alcohol Webinar DOT regulations require ALL supervisors of drivers to be trained in drug and alcohol testing rules. This seminar meets all DOT training requirements! It includes all materials and covers pertinent rules such as: how to make a reasonable suspicion judgment, developing company policies, responding to positive tests, return-to-duty procedures and SAP requirements Speaker: Brenda Tharp, MMTA Director of Safety Cost per person: $100.00 per MMTA member, $200 per non-member, materials included!  ******************************************* RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY November 25, 2020 Webinar login: Credentials will be sent a few days prior to class. Online Registration Printable… Read More

Time for the 2020 Drivers of the Month/Year nominations! Do you have Maryland's BEST Driver? October 12, 2020

MMTA is now accepting 2020 Drivers of the Month/Year nominations! Entry Deadline: December 10, 2020! Printable Nomination Form Don’t sell your driver short! Submit a high quality nomination! Questions? Email Brenda Tharp at brenda@mdtrucking.org or call 410-644-4600 Here's your chance to reward your driver's hard work and dedication!!!! Do you have Maryland's BEST Driver? Does he/she help the community? Have recommendation letters for service and going beyond the call of duty? Have an accident free driving record? Read More

2021 UCR Registration is Open! October 5, 2020

Registration for the 2021 UCR registration year opened on October 1, 2020.  Fees remain the same as they were for 2020 and are currently listed on the UCR website (www.ucr.gov).    As a reminder, all interstate for-hire and private motor carriers, as well as brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies that operate in a participating UCR state are required to annually register and pay UCR fees.  Although Maryland is not a participating state, jurisdictions such as VA, PA, WV, and DE do participate. Therefore, if you travel into one of those states you are required to register and make payment.… Read More

FMCSA Extends Medical Certification Waiver! September 28, 2020

FMCSA just announced an extension for drivers with expiring medical qualifications due to the challenges of getting your medical certification completed during the pandemic.  Those drivers whose medical certifications expired after March 1 but before June 1 will have until October 31 to complete their medical exams. Drivers whose medical certifications expired after June 1 will have until December 31 to complete their medical exams. Go to www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/2020-09/NEDD%20on%20Expiring%20CDLs%20-%20FINAL%20-%20Sep%2018.pdf for the full announcement. Read More

Saum Elected MMTA Chairman of the Board September 25, 2020

On Thursday, September 24, Jack Saum was named the 79th Chairman of the Board of Maryland Motor Truck Association at the organization’s virtual annual meeting. Saum is the dealer principal of Beltway Companies, which operates 7 new and used truck dealerships in the Mid-Atlantic and provides leasing services through its Idealease of Baltimore location. Saum has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013. He replaces 2019-2020 Chairman Armand Patella of Preferred Services.Also elected at the annual meeting were MMTA’s new Board of Directors and the Association’s Officers. The 2020-2021 Officers are: Chair: Jack Saum, Beltway Companies Vice… Read More

Legal Challenge to Hours of Service Filed. Rules Still Slated to Take Effect September 29, 2020! September 22, 2020

Less than two weeks before revised hours of service rules are set to take effect, a coalition of anti-trucking groups and the Teamsters union have filed a legal challenge in court.  On September 16, the groups filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking to invalidate the rule. However, unless an emergency stay is granted, the rules are still slated to become effective SEPTEMBER 29, 2020.  A summary of the changes is below.   Short-Haul Operations Extends drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours. Extends the air-mile radius within which… Read More

Email Phishing Scam is NOT FROM MMTA! September 21, 2020

This morning several of our members reported receiving an email that appeared to be from Maryland Motor Truck Association with the subject "Update Invoice!".  The email indicates that MMTA is going through an audit of our bank records and asks for certain financial records to be sent.  Please be advised that this email is not from MMTA.  It is being sent from an "andrk@earthlink.net" address.  A copy of the actual text is below.  We urge you to simply delete this message should you receive it. Thank you,Louis CampionPresident & CEOMaryland Motor Truck Association ************************************************************************************************************ Fake Phishing Email Text From: Maryland… Read More

Thank You Letter from State DOT’s to Trucking Companies and Drivers. August 26, 2020

Over the past few months, truck drivers and their companies have been exceptional in moving supplies and perishable goods throughout America in the difficult conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Eastern Transportation Coalition (formerly the I-95 Corridor Coalition) recently sent a letter to MMTA thanking the trucking industry for its commitment to move goods efficiently and safely in the face of many health risks and challenges.  The letter is signed by the Secretaries and Commissioners of each state’s Department of Transportation.  A copy is at www.mdtrucking.org/files/TETCAppreciationLetter.pdf.   Read More

Face Masks Now Required at Major Truck Stops August 24, 2020

In the last few weeks several major truck-stop operators announced new requirements aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus. Pilot, Love's, and TravelCenters of America all now require truck drivers to use face masks at the more than 1,500 facilities they operate across the United States. Read More

No More Cash Tolls in Maryland August 18, 2020

Earlier this week, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced that all-electronic (cashless) tolling is now permanent across Maryland.  Since the outbreak of COVID-19, no cash has been accepted at the state’s toll plazas.  The announcement means that Marylanders now must either use E-ZPass, video toll (which is a premium charge), or enroll in a new “pay-by-plate” system that will soon be available.  Using E-ZPass offers the best savings on tolls.  Companies who want to enroll in E-ZPass can do so directly through MMTA by contacting Dottie Duvall, dottie@mdtrucking.org.  Read More

COVID-19 Update Hub April 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation with ramifications for the economy, interstate commerce and America's trucking industry. The American Trucking Associations has created a COVID-19 Update Hub at www.trucking.org/COVID19# to provide members and industry stakeholders with timely, fact-based information to answer frequently asked questions and address common challenges that arise from the pandemic and national response. The page is updated regularly with information and guidance provided by government officials and other stakeholders involved in response efforts.Items include information on: State Declarations: OS/OW, SDLA Closures, CDL Expiration, etc. Commercial Parking and Driver Facilities Federal Hours of Service Waivers Congressional Action: Emergency… Read More

Do Your Drivers Ever Need a Doctor While on the Road? December 2, 2019

MMTA is pleased to announce a new offer for members brought to you by Kelly & Associates.  Kelly has partnered with Teladoc to give our members special pricing to provide access to doctors via the internet or on the phone.  Your drivers can access a doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year from anywhere in the country.  Medications can even be prescribed from your virtual exam. Want to learn more?  Call Kelly at 443-589-1713, or go to www.mdtrucking.org/files/FinalTelaDoc.pdf. Read More

MMTA Members Now Save on Shell Lubricants! October 24, 2019

MMTA is pleased to announce its latest partnership with Shell Lubricants. Shell's coolants, engine oils and grease can help your company improve fuel economy, save on maintenance and increase equipment life. As an MMTA member, new Shell customers are eligible for special pricing with our purchasing program. Fill out the form at http://www.mdtrucking.org/files/ShellFlyerFinal.pdf and return it to MMTA to have your Shell representative contact you to discuss your product and pricing needs. Read More

MMTA Launches New Drug & Alcohol Consortium January 7, 2019

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,… Read More

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