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06/13/2022 On The Horizon

'22 MT Truck Expo was a SUCCESS!

We would like to thank everyone that helped to make the '22 MT Truck Expo a success!! Stay tuned for pictures from the event.

Would-be FMCSA boss takes aim at trucking safety in first Senate committee hearing

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Acting Administrator Robin Hutcheson went before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Wednesday, taking the first step toward potential confirmation as the agency's first full-time boss in almost three years. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appointed Hutcheson Deputy Administrator in late January following the departure of Meera Joshi. As deputy administrator, Hutcheson also serves as the Acting Administrator, and President Biden nominated her for the role of Administrator in April. FMCSA hasn't had a full-time administrator since Ray Martinez, who stepped down from the post in October 2019. The job has since been held by Jim Mullen, Wiley Deck, Joshi and Hutcheson, each as acting administrator. Hutcheson steps into FMCSA at a time where transportation is enjoying heightened public awareness, and she pledged to continue ... 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 for reinstatements of authority — have been running at elevated levels since November and reached an all-time high in March, according to FTR’s analysis of FMCSA data. We would expect some inflation ... READ MORE

Brake Safety Week Is Aug. 21-27

Greenbelt, Maryland (June 7, 2022) – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced Aug. 21-27 as the dates for this year’s Brake Safety Week. Brake Safety Week is an annual commercial motor vehicle brake-safety inspection, enforcement and education initiative conducted by law enforcement jurisdictions in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will conduct their usual North American Standard Level I and V Inspections and capture and report brake-related data to CVSA. The results will be released in the fall. Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service vehicle violations cited during roadside inspections, and according to last year’s three-day International Roadcheck data, brake systems and brake adjustment violations accounted for 38.9% of all vehicle out-of-service violations, the most of any category of vehicle violations. To address this, CVSA’s Brake Safety Week seeks to: READ MORE

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Mike's Safety Tip

Bites and stings This time of year, the bugs are coming out of their winter naps. Young ticks are most active in late spring and summer. Be conscious of and avoid bites and stings. Protect yourself against the ticks that can carry Lyme disease if your projects involve working near woods, grassy fields or bushes. For example, tuck your pants in your socks or boots, consider using tick repellant and perform tick checks. Have a great week. Thanks Mike

Save The Date

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 14, 2022 Share the Road 8 AM - 10 AM and 10 AM - Noon Skyview High Volunteers needed June 15, 2022 Share the Road 8 AM - 10 AM and 10 AM - Noon West High Volunteers needed 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 Register HERE August 16 - 19, 2022 National Truck Driving Championship Indiana Convention Center Indianapolis, IN August 21 - 27, 2022 Brake Safety Week September 11 - 17, 2022 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week September 14, 2022 Montana Truck Driver Appreciation Day 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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