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05/02/2022 On The Horizon

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

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 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

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! is the largest independent online driver education provider in the United States. It is an official FMCSA-approved commercial driver training theory provider offering a suite of CDL exam preparation packages for transportation-related organizations ( They help trucking companies and other organizations with CDL training compliance by providing an online, self-service solution that gives drivers everything they need to prepare for the CDL knowledge exams and ELDT certification. The services are available in all 50 states and are used by over 500,000 commercial truck drivers annually. The online CDL course is available in English and Spanish.

FMCSA Speed Limiter Notice

ATA sent out the following message last week. Please let Duane 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 - or Karen at 406-442-6600 or 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:

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 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

Upcoming Events

May 3, 2022 Share the Road Presentation Lockwood School Billings, MT  May 17 - 19, 2022 International Roadcheck May 30, 2022 MTA office closed 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 4, 2022 MTA office closed 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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