MMTA News

MMTA's Person of the Year is Wayne Gaumer!

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

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: Reception 6 p.m., Dinner 6:45 p.m.
Place:Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Honoree: Wayne Gaumer, Lightning Transportation

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




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!

 




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.




MMTA Launches New Drug & Alcohol Consortium

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, updating and maintaining your driver pool.
  • Random selection of drivers each quarter.
  • Access to 9,000 testing locations across the country.
  • A state of the art system with electronic custody and control forms.
  • 24/7 access to online reports and test results.
  • Locally owned and operated – no 800 calls to a national hotline.
  • Annual reporting in compliance with Parts 40 and 382 of the FMCSRs.
Want to learn more? Go to www.mmtanet.com/files/D&ATestingConsortium.pdf.

 




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.



Save Money with E-ZPass

What's one great benefit of MMTA membership? All members may enroll in the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system to automate the passage of their trucks through toll facilities across Maryland, as well as other participating states such as Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Members who enroll in E-ZPass through the Association receive a discount on their Maryland tolls that is greater than the rate a member can individually receive on its own if it enrolls in E-ZPass through the Transportation Authority (unless the member is receiving the maximum discount of 20%). The MMTA discount rates are based on a member's monthly tolls in Maryland only for 5+ axle vehicles and are as follows:

MD Monthly Tolls

Discount %

$0 - $149

2%

$150 - $1,999

12%

$2,000 - $7,499

17%

$7,500 or more

20%

For those companies who have already enrolled in E-ZPass through the Transportation Authority - you can easily convert to MMTA's program and begin receiving increased toll discounts as well. There is no need to replace your transponders.

Stop paying too much in tolls! Now is the time to save money by enrolling in MMTA's E-ZPass program. Call MMTA for more information and to obtain an application today! You can also download a copy of the application and the terms and conditions by clicking on the links below.

Application – http://www.mmtanet.com/files/MMTAEZPassApplication052318.pdf

Terms & Conditions – http://www.mmtanet.com/files/MMTAEZPassTermsConditions052318.pdf




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