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FMCSA Adds Rear Underride Guards to Inspection List November 18, 2021

On November 9, FMCSA published a rule adding rear underride impact guards to the list of items in Appendix A that must be examined as part of the required annual inspection in Part 396.17 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS CHANGE IS DECEMBER 9, 2021. THEREFORE IF YOU ARE USING A FORM THAT DOES NOT SHOW REAR IMPACT GUARDS AS ONE OF THE ITEMS INSPECTED, YOU WILL NEED TO MANUALLY ADD THAT TO YOUR FORM. For questions, contact Brenda Tharp at MMTA,, 410-644-4600. Read More

Special JJ Keller Pricing for MMTA members November 18, 2021

MMTA Members Get Discounted Pricing!Featured this month:JJ Keller NEW Handbooks! NOTE: Limited time offer! Promotion ends soon!  Prices on handbooks can be aggregated for volume pricing! Read More

Court Temporarily Blocks OSHA Vaccination Mandate---Secretary of Labor Says Truck Drivers are Excluded November 8, 2021

On Friday MMTA announced the Occupational Safety & Health Administration had released its Emergency Testing Standard (ETS) requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure they are vaccinated or to test unvaccinated employees for the COVID virus each week. Much has happened in just the few days since first announced. Labor Secretary says Truck Drivers are Excluded: OSHA’s rule states that employees who work 100% alone or outdoors, so long as their indoor contact with other employees or customers is minimal, are exempt. Late last week, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh tried to clarify the mandate's impact by saying,… Read More

Fleet Safety Contest Now Open November 4, 2021

Does your company have an outstanding safety record? If so, you should enter MMTA’s annual safety contest, sponsored by Great West Casualty Company. The contest recognizes those companies in various mileage classes with the lowest accident frequency rates.  To enter, a company must provide its accident frequency rate based on Maryland miles only and DOT recordable accidents that occurred in Maryland between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.   Plaques will be presented to the winners in each of four divisions.  Contest division winners will also be automatically entered to win the Chairman’s Safety Award grand trophy. To enter, please complete… Read More

Upcoming Events November 3, 2021

*******************************************Topic: Compliance Seminar Jan 26th  2021 --- 10 am to 12 pm *** VIRTUAL Summary:  Make sure your company is in compliance with the various federal and state motor carrier safety regs. This seminar covers the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), federal and state roadside inspections, DataQ procedures, and safety review procedures. Cost: --per person-- $100 for MMTA members, $200 for non-members Online RegistrationPrintable Registration Sessions sponsored by J. J. Keller. ***********************************Topic: Drug/Alcohol Webinar Dec 15, 2021 --- 9 am to 12 pm *** IN PERSON *** VIRTUAL *** Feb 16 *** 10 am to 12 pm Summary:  DOT regulations require ALL supervisors of drivers to be trained… Read More

*** IN PERSON *** Western MD Legislative Dinner November 3, 2021

*** IN PERSON *** Western MD Legislative Dinner Dec 8th at 6:00 p.m. Meet Greg Slater, MD Dept of Transportation! Online Registration Printable Flyer Meet your elected officials! Dutch's Daughter 581 Himes Avenue *** Frederick, MD 21703COST:$70 per person (Advance Payment Preferred) Bar Sponsors: Frederick Brickworks  Lightning Transportation Mark's Equipment Read More

Driver of the Year Nominations Now Open! November 3, 2021

Who is Maryland's SAFEST 2021 driver?MMTA is now accepting 2021 Drivers of the Month/Year nominations! Here's your chance to reward your driver's hard work and dedication!!!!   Do you have Maryland's SAFEST 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?  Printable Nomination Form Entry Deadline: December 10, 2021! Don’t sell your driver short! Submit a high quality nomination!   Questions? Email Brenda Tharp at or call 410-644-4600.   Read More

E-ZPass & Video Tolls Keep Your License Plates Current to Avoid Problems. October 20, 2021

Due to the pandemic, the MTA paused mailing Notices of Toll Due to drivers who used the toll facilities without E-ZPass, or whose transponders did not read properly when passing through a toll facility. MDTA has now resumed the processing of these backlogged tolls. As a result, MMTA is receiving calls from members who have received a large number of notices in the mail indicating toll payments are owed. For questions, contact Louis Campion at MMTA, 410-644-4600. Read More

Preventive Maintenance Inspections for Trucks June 1, 2021

MMTA’s top priority was changing the frequency between Maryland Preventive Maintenance (PM) inspections.  Current law requires a PM annually or every 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.  Starting October 1, 2021, the new requirements will be: Annually or every 35,000 miles (whichever comes first) for Class F tractors if they are no more than 5 years old; and  Annually or every 50,000 miles (whichever comes first) for Class E straight trucks if they are no more than 5 years old and are powered by a zero-emission fuel source (e.g., electric, hydrogen, etc.). Note: This mileage increase does not apply to tow… Read More

Take Advantage of MMTA Fuel Prices With Carroll! May 18, 2021

$ave BIG on fuel with member discount pricing! No contracts or minimums! No more fuel cards – Use your phone! No more paper receipts! Complete on-line fuel management system for immediate access to driver information, reports, vehicles, and transactions!************************************* Customer intro video  Carroll Information Flyer Questions: Email or call 410-644-4600 Read More

Guard Against Unemployment Insurance Fraud February 24, 2021

MMTA was recently a victim of a fraudulent unemployment insurance (UI) claim.  With the record number of claims filed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have seen an increase in fraudulent activity.  If you believe that your information has been used to fraudulently file a claim, please contact the Division of Unemployment Insurance’s Benefit Payment Control Unit ( by completing a “Request for Investigation of Unemployment Insurance Fraud” form and e-mailing it to If you are an employer and believe a fraudulent claim has been charged to your account, please file a benefit charge protest through your employer portal at Read More

MMTA’s Consortium can help with Your Drug Testing Needs! January 25, 2021

Your CDL drivers are required under federal law to be in a random drug & alcohol testing pool.  MMTA’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Consortium, in partnership with ARCpoint Labs of Southern Maryland, can help members comply with the federally mandated drug and alcohol testing rules.  The rules are often misunderstood and a frequent cause of violations.  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? MMTA's program is here to help.  Benefits include: Inputting and maintaining your driver pool. Random selection of… Read More

New Baltimore County Law Outlaws Overnight Truck Parking within 1,000 Feet of Residences. December 15, 2020

As of November 2, a law passed by the Baltimore County Council prohibits the parking of any “tractor, trailer, or combination tractor-trailer” from parking or standing for more than one hour between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on any public road, street, alley or way that is within 1,000 feet of a residential zone.  Fines are $250 per day.    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

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