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04/04/2022 On The Horizon

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

$224 Safety Return

Congratulations to the Members of Mt State Fund Work Comp Group! Due to their hard work and the value they placed on employee safety, the group earned a nice safety return.

While logistically it was tough to get a group photo, here is one with TeCe Trucking’s Kiersten England and Safety Director Nicole Hollenbeck

Also here is a photo of Hi-Line Moving Service’s Jennifer Patera with MTA and State Fund employees.

Here is Montana State Funds news release. Click HERE Please reach out to MTA if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the MTA safety workgroup.

Congratulations to Floyd Newell

MTA would like to congratulate and wish Floyd the best in his retirement!

2 Weeks Left to Sign-up For the TDC

June 9 - 11, 2022 We will be hosting the annual Convention, the Truck Driving Championship, the SuperTech Competition, & Inspectors Challenge all at once. We are in the planning stage for a huge event full of exciting and entertaining competition. We hope you will join us! As soon as the agenda has been finalized, we will let you know. To find out about Sponsorship / Booth opportunities, click HERE For Registration click HERE For draft Agenda click HERE We need help to put on this great event! So if you know of anyone that can help, please have them contact Volunteer Committee: Contact Lance Zanto - or Karen at 406-442-6600 or This event will be successful when we have the right people in the right places. Thank you in advance for your help putting on this great event! Volunteer Registration Form click HERE Each year we have a Silent Auction and the proceeds go to either MOTPAC or the MTA Education Fund. Click HERE for the Silent Auction Donation form

Rear Impact Guard Labeling Requirement

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) applauds FMCSA’s decision to enhance the safety of our industry by adding rear impact guards to the list of items inspected annually. ATA also applauds FMCSA’s decision to harmonize FMCSR 393.86 with FMVSS 223 and 224 regarding the placement of the rear underride guard’s label. However, as ATA noted in comments submitted on March 1 st 2020, the trucking industry has major concerns that fleets cannot comply with the labeling requirements if... READ MORE

ELD Frequently Asked Questions

On March 10, 2022, to provide additional guidance on the ELD regulations, FMCSA published the following frequently asked questions. To view any of the FAQs below, along with previously published FAQs, visit New FAQs: Can an electronic logging device (ELD) allow for a user to switch between ELD mode and automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD mode)? READ MORE

Operation Safe Driver Week

This year's Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for July 10 -16. Law Enforcement personnel in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will be on roadways throughout that week issuing warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, drunk or drugged driving, etc. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) released its largest annual traffic crash report, showing that 38,824 lives were lost in traffic crashes nationwide in 2020 ... READ MORE

Welcome New Member Great Falls College MSU

Great Falls College MSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Established in 1969 and centrally located, Great Falls College prides itself on being a student-central two-year college providing quality educational opportunities responsive to community needs. The college is committed to workforce development and included it as part of their outreach mission. These educational trainings are offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning and are organized under varying instructional formats such as workshops, seminars, conferences, institutes, symposia, short courses, etc. The purpose of the Center for Lifelong Learning is to provide non-academics and non-standardized coursework to both the on- and off-campus communities. They provide education and training for employees to advance their skills and knowledge in the driving industry and are excited to start offering CDL Training.

Scholarship Application

MTA is now accepting scholarship applications from Montana students completing their senior year in high school or currently enrolled in a Montana College, University, Trade school, or other educational institution and working toward an undergraduate degree. Students must be an employee (or the dependent of an employee) of a Montana Trucking Association Member to be eligible. The student must be a Montana resident planning to attend a Montana College, University, Trade school, or other educational institution. The Scholarship Committee will decide the amount of each individual award at the time of selection. Grades are a part of the process used in determining our recipients, but they are not the deciding factor. The selection criteria are fully outlined in the enclosed scholarship application: ... READ MORE

Fleet Safety

The MTA Fleet Safety Contest year runs from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. The Fleet Safety Contest is based on Montana miles and DOT recordable accidents that occurred in Montana. CRITERIA FOR DOT RECORDABLE ACCIDENTS ARE: 1) Death. 2) Bodily injury requiring medical attention away from the scene. 3) One or more vehicles incurring disabling damage and requiring transport or towing from the scene. The six categories of competition are listed on the entry form. The Grand Trophy Award is open to all current MTA carrier members that have a minimum of 200,000 Montana miles. You may e-mail or call the MTA Office at 406-442-6600 to request additional applications. First, second and third place winners will be selected in each category. Plaques and certificates, sponsored by Great West Casualty Company, are presented to winners in each category at the MTA Annual Convention in Helena, MT June 9 - 11, 2022. This program is designed to honor those who put safety first. Retain a copy of your entry form and mail the original to the MTA office at 501 North Sanders #201, Helena, MT 59601. READ MORE

Safety Supervisor of the Year

The winner of this year’s award will be recognized at the MTA Convention in Helena, as well as being submitted as a nominee to the Rocky Mountain Regional Safety Rendezvous Safety Supervisor of the Year selection committee. The RMRSR winner will be recognized during the awards ceremony. Complete the form to nominate your safety person. You may e-mail or telephone the MTA Office at 406-442-6600 to request additional applications. Retain a copy of the application for your files prior to mailing the original to MTA at 501 North Sanders #201, Helena, MT 59601. ... READ MORE

Mike's Safety Tip

Driving 101 – Part one of four Did you know distracted driving is now the number one cause of vehicular crashes? It is, and it's growing every year. In traffic, it is easy to become distracted, frustrated, or annoyed. Any of these can cause you to pay less attention than you should, often resulting in rear-end collisions when the vehicle in front of you stops. Running stop lights and stop signs is also a possibility if you are not paying attention. Take care, and be safe out there. Thanks Mike

Save The Date

July 13th - 15th, 2022 Park City, Utah

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2022 Annual Inspection Decals

Call MTA to order the 2022 Inspection Decals 406-442-6600 Or you can Email Karen:

Our Sponsors

If you would like to be a Sponsor, please contact Karen at 406-442-6600 or

Upcoming Events

April 5, 2022 Share the Road Senior High Billings, MT Volunteers & equipment need April 6, 2022 Share the Road West High Billings, MT Volunteers & equipment need April 7, 2022 Share the Road Skyview High Volunteers & equipment need April 6, 2022 Reasonable Suspicious Training 10 AM - 2 PM Stone Creek Lodge 5145 Airway Blvd. Missoula, MT April 7, 2022 Reasonable Suspicious Training 10 AM - 2 PM Hampton Inn 5110 Southgate Dr. Billings, MT April 8, 2022 Reasonable Suspicious Training 10 AM - 2 PM Hampton Inn 2301 14th St SW Great Falls, MT June 9 - 11, 2022 Convention, TDC, SuperTech Helena, MT June 30, 2022 Share the Road @ the Distracted Driving Event 7 AM - 4 PM Butte, MT July 13 - 15, 2022 Rocky Mountain Regional Safety Rendezvous (RMRSR) Park City, Utah August 16 - 19, 2022 National Truck Driving Championship Indiana Convention Center Indianapolis, IN September 25 - 29, 2022 National SuperTech Competition Huntington Convention Center Cleveland, OH

Have you gotten your annual MVR's yet?

If not, Motor Carriers of Montana can run your Montana annual MVR's (Motor Vehicle Report) for you. The cost is $10.25 per MVR. All you need to provide is:

  • Employees name

  • Employees Montana driver license number

  • Employees date of birth

So if you would like us to help you with your annual MVR's, send an email to or call 406-442-6600

Montana Trucking Association 501 N. Sanders, Suite 201 Helena, MT 59601 406-442-6600

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