05/02/2022 On The Horizon

Updated: Aug 31














VSA News

Reminder: International Roadcheck Is May 17-19 International Roadcheck dates is May 17-19. International Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-visibility, high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative. Each year, CVSA focuses on a specific aspect of a roadside inspection. This year, the focus will be on wheel ends. To help drivers and motor carriers prepare for International Roadcheck, CVSA created a downloadable informational flyer on wheel ends.


Share the Road at MT Traffic Educators Conference











Montana Trucking Association would like to thank the ATA Road team for its help with the Montana Traffic Educators Conference in Helena, MT April 24 & 25. This years conference featured:

PJ Singh - Penske

Bill Hambrick – Werner Enterprises

Chris Outen – Fedex Freight

Lala Fernandez – Fedex Freight


Werner Enterprises suppled a truck for this years conference. There were approximately 120 attendees at the conference, most learning about Share the Road for the first time. We would also like to thank Douglas Van Zee of the Montana Traffic Educators Association and Dwight Nelson of Office of Public Instruction for helping make our presentation possible with the Montana Traffic Educators Association. If you have further questions about this years conference or wanting to host a Share the Road event, please contact Mike at mgehl@mttrucking.org or call him at 406-274-8519







Our Sponsors



















If you would like to be a Sponsor, please contact Karen at 406-442-6600 or karen@mttrucking.org

Help us welcome a new member


Rocky Mountain Supply was formed as the result of the merger of Gallatin Farmers Company based in Belgrade, MT and Coop Supply based in Dillon, MT . The two companies merged in 1999 to form a new company called Rocky Mountain Supply, Inc. Gallatin Farmers Company and Coop Supply of Dillon both were formed in the 1930's by area farmers to buy gasoline and diesel fuel at a lower cost for its members. Since then and through the merger of the two cooperatives, Rocky Mountain Supply has become a diversified, locally-owned cooperative governed by a board of directors consisting of seven members who are agricultural producers representing the communities we serve. We offer a full line of energy products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, and lubricants as well as a full line of crop nutrient and crop protection products, seed, field application of crop nutrients, hardware, livestock equipment, animal health products, feed supplements, pet supplies, western wear clothing and boots, sporting goods, convenience store items and other products and services too numerous to mention. In 2001, Rocky Mountain Supply formed a joint venture with rural electric cooperative Vigilante Electric based in Dillon, MT for the purpose of serving members and customers with propane and related services. This joint venture is called Montana Energy Alliance. Incorporated November 1, 1999, Rocky Mountain Supply has profitably served its members and customer of southwest Montana, sharing the success of the cooperative through its patronage dividends returned to members each year along with the reinvestment of improved facilities and equipment to better serve members and customers in the future. We will look to continue to expand our presence throughout southwest Montana both geographically as well as offering more products and services to its members and customers.


Welcome another new member!



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FMCSA Speed Limiter Notice

ATA sent out the following message last week. Please let Duane dwilliams@mttrucking.org know if you have any comments on this. Moments ago, FMCSA announced a Notice of Intent (NOI) seeking to mandate speed limiting devices on commercial motor vehicles. ATA staff is currently reviewing the details of this NOI, and our initial review has found that FMCSA is not yet defining a maximum speed, but is soliciting comments to a specific set of questions, and evaluating data on speed limiting devices to determine a maximum speed setting. The NOI will be published in the Federal Register and can be found here. We will provide further details, including summary documents as soon as staff completes an in-depth review. It is important to note that this is not a final rule. As such, ATA staff will be providing comments in response to the NOI in time for the due date, 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. ATA’s Safety Policy Committee will be engaged in this process as we develop our response, and encourage the agency to adopt a final rule that closely mirrors ATA policy on speed governing devices. The Agency has also published a list of FAQs, specific to this NOI, which can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact me. Sincerely, Dan Horvath Vice President, Safety Policy


2022 SuperTech Competition


Please join us June 10 - 11, 2022 for the Montana State SuperTech Competition. It will be held in Helena MT at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds. Technicians from across the state will compete to see who is the best technician in Montana. To Register, click HERE To Sponsor this event, click HERE Today's truck Technicians are a critical link in our nation's supply chain and economy. SuperTech competitions honor these very important person's talents, skills and contributions in keeping America strong.

2022 Truck Driving Championship - We still can use more competitors


June 10 - 11, 2022 will be the Montana State Truck Driving Championship. It will be held in Helena MT at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds. This is a family event and can be a learning experience for everyone. To Register, click HERE To Sponsor this event, click HERE The winner in each category moves on to the National Truck Driving Championship in Indianapolis, IN. 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 - Lzanto2@mt.gov or Karen at 406-442-6600 or karen@mttrucking.org Volunteer Registration Form click HERE


2022 DOT Inspectors Competition

June 11, 2022 will be the Montana State DOT Inspectors Competition. It will be held in Helena MT at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds. To Register, click HERE To Sponsor this event, click HERE

Mike's Safety Tip

Summer Heat, is just around the corner. Seems like it was only yesterday we were talking about how to stay warm and safe from frostbite. Summer is on the horizon and that means we need to watch whenever the mercury rises above 80 degrees. When this happens, it's difficult for your body to maintain a temperature balance. This can result in heat fatigue, heat rash, vomiting, nausea, and deadly heat stroke. Keep yourself well hydrated and avoid complications of heat stress. Stay tuned for more next week. Thanks, and have a great week, Mike 406-274-8519


Save The Date


July 13th - 15th, 2022 Park City, Utah Click HERE for a larger view



2022 Annual Inspection Decals




Call MTA to order the 2022 Inspection Decals 406-442-6600 Or you can Email Karen: karen@mttrucking.org


2022 Annual Convention


June 10-11, 2022 will be the Annual Convention. It will be held in Helena MT. To Register, click HERE To Sponsor this event, click HERE To find out about Sponsorship / Booth opportunities, 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