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The official magazine of the Maryland Motor Truck Association

Behind The Wheel is owned by the Maryland Motor Truck Association and is published by Matthews Publishing Group. To request additional copies, order reprints of individual articles or to become a subscriber to Behind The Wheel, please contact Selena Griffin at (410) 644-4600. To inquire about advertising, please contact the publisher at (501) 690-9393.


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Executive Editor Louis Campion

Managing Editor Selena Griffin Art Director

Douglas J. Benjamin

Copy Editor/Proofer Harris Jimanski

Photographer David Sinclair

Contributing Writers Steve Brawner Mary Lou Jay Bethany May

I am honored to take on the responsibility of serving as MMTA’s chairman. I have to thank Barbara Windsor, Steve Parker, Mel Fair and Tom Huesman, who nominated me as 2nd vice chair in 2014 and got me in the queue to serve as the chairman one day. Now that the time has come, I look forward to the upcoming year with a great deal of excitement and anticipation.

The trucking industry encompasses so many diverse types of operations – from household goods movers to tank haulers to container operations at the Port of Baltimore. My specific segment is in the construction industry. Our industry has been fortunate not to have the same challenges facing many freight haulers, such as the driver shortage and the electronic logging device mandate. However, the chairman of MMTA must be cognizant of the interests of all members, balancing everyone’s needs regardless of a company’s individual goals. Currently at the federal level we are faced with two absolutely key issues:

• Maryland Motor Truck Association

Louis Campion President & CEO J. Craig Talbott

Vice President - Safety

Dottie C. Duvall

Vice President - Administration

Selena L. Griffin Controller Margie Anne Bonnett

Marketing & Communications Director

Kathy Norris

Administrative Assistant

Maryland Motor Truck Association is an affiliate of the American Trucking Associations. MMTA is a Maryland corporation of trucking companies, private carrier fleets and businesses which serve or supply the trucking industry. MMTA serves these companies as a governmental affairs representative before legislative, regulatory and executive branches of government on issues that affect the trucking industry. The organization also provides public relations services, education services, operational services and serves as a forum for industry meetings and membership relations.

For more information, contact MMTA at: Maryland Motor Truck Association, Inc.

9256 Bendix Road, Suite 203 - Columbia, Md. 21045 Phone 410-644-4600 | Fax 410-644-2537 BEHIND THE WHEEL — Q4 Winter 2016 5 •

A challenge to the hours of service rules that could result in truck drivers losing the ability to restart their weekly clocks after taking 34 consecutive hours off- duty.

Court decisions that ignore existing federal law (FAAAA) preempting states from imposing their own meal and rest break requirements on interstate motor carriers and attempting to invalidate industry-standard piece-rate pay practices.

Legislative clarification of these two issues is crucial this year in Congress. For that reason I joined MMTA staff and a group of members on a trip to Washington in July to discuss the importance of getting these matters resolved. We are optimistic that success will be achieved before the end of the calendar year.

At the state level there will be more than 2,500 bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly crossing a multitude of different subjects. Many legislators act solely based on the issues brought to them by their constituents. Because they cannot be experts in every subject that arises, they may not have the knowledge or the “whole story” behind the issue being discussed. In 2017 we expect continued legislative pressure for employers to provide mandatory paid sick leave to their employees. General Assembly leaders have already proclaimed that some form of paid sick leave will pass in 2017.

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