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05/31/22 On The Horizon

FMCSA is extending the deadline for comments on the truck speed limit proposal till July 18, 2022.

The Montana Trucking Association submitted the following comments: “In rural states like Montana this will create additional speed difference between trucks and cars. Trucks should not be treated differently than cars with governing their speed. Please let it continue to be a company decision and let the individual states who know their roads best establish the proper speed limit for cars and trucks.” Please let Duane know if you have any questions or comments on FMCSA's proposal. READ MORE

“22 MT Truck Expo

As we are finalizing up our agenda for the upcoming convention on June 10th, we are excited to confirm Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and ATA’s chairman, Harold Sumerford, Jr. will be presenting. One of Harold’s messages is how his company was affected by computer hackers. In addition, there will be a Transportation Towing panel with experts from the Trucking Industry, Towing Industry, Insurance Industry, Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation talk about their perspective, challenges, and lessons learned when a truck needs roadside assistance from a towing company. Hope you will be able to attend. Here is the updated draft agenda. For more information on the expo…

NHTSA: Fatalities Involving Large Trucks Increased in 2021

In 2021, fatalities in crashes involving at least one large truck were up 13% compared to 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest traffic fatalities estimates report. Traffic fatalities overall for the year show an increase of about 10.5% compared to reported fatalities in 2020. The report shows that fatalities in crashes involving large trucks — characterized by NHTSA as both commercial and non-commercial trucks with a gross vehicle weight greater than 10,000 pounds — increased from April to July and November to December. ... READ MORE

Trucking Company Failures on the Rise

One of the hallmarks of the pandemic as it relates to trucking has been the unprecedented growth in the number of new, mostly very small, for-hire trucking companies. Since July 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has authorized just under 186,000 new trucking operations. To put that into perspective, the strongest 22 months of carrier growth prior to the pandemic, March 2018 through December 2019, saw fewer than 82,000 new carriers. The number of new carriers approved each month remains far above pre-pandemic levels, but it is starting to slow after March’s record. However, another notable trend is that the number of net revocations of operating authority — total revocations adjusted ... READ MORE

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Mike's Safety Tip

How to beat the heat One of the biggest problems to overcome is trying to get acclimated to heat. Especially as truck drivers, we could be north of Seattle on Monday where its 65 degrees, then we’re down in south Texas later on in the week when its 105 degrees. As we spend all day in an air conditioned cab, its hard on our bodies when we get out to un-tarp, strap down a load, or wheel pallets out onto a loading dock. Your body may not be able to adapt to such an extreme change of heat exposure. Spend some time acclimating your body to the heat, leave the windows open and get some fresh air as your driving. Spend some time outside enjoying the time outside and doing some daily exercise outside not only will help your health but will help you stay acclimated to the summer heat. Have a great week, Thanks Mike

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July 13th - 15th, 2022 Park City, Utah Click HERE to register 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:

Upcoming Events

June 9 - 11, 2022 Convention, TDC, DOT Inspectors Helena, MT June 30, 2022 Share the Road @ the Distracted Driving Event 7 AM - 4 PM Butte, MT July 4, 2022 MTA office closed Independence Day Holiday 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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