08/01/2022 On The Horizon













MTA Billings Golf Tournament 2022

Please join us for a fun golf tournament at Pryor Creek. Create a team, bring your friends, customers, family, etc. and let’s play a round of golf. You don’t have to be an MTA member to play. Pryor Creek club is pleased to host this special event. Please be a conscientious golfer, wear a collared shirt and enjoy the course. Beverages will be provided at the turn. Each golfer will be given two drink tickets and additional beverages may be purchased from the course beverage snack shops. Sack lunch will be provided at the course. Thursday August 25, 2022 Pryor Creek Golf Course 1292 Pryor Creek Rd, Huntley MT 59037 Click HERE for the registration form and the four person team scramble rules Click HERE for Sponsorship Opportunities Email the completed form(s) to karen@mttrucking.org Or register online at: https://www.mttrucking.org/events


FMCSA & Sleep Apnea Training

Montana Trucking Association Fall Trainings 11:00 to 1:00 August 22-24, 2022 11:00 - Bruce Holmes, Montana Administrator of FMCSA – Bruce (in person!!) will be sharing some updates and changes to keep you current and in compliance. You’ll have plenty of time to talk with Bruce and he’ll be available to answer all your questions. Lunch Served 12:15 - Dr. Karen Underwood of Drowzle.com – Information and training on the effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Commercial truck operations. In addition, Representatives of Drowzle will be on site to talk with you about a low-cost diagnostic tool to diagnose OSA. Drowzle is offering special pricing for those in attendance. Monday August 22 at 11:00, Energy Partners (3050 Stockyard Rd), Missoula Tuesday August 23 at 11:00, PayneWest (405 3rd St NW, Ste. 301), Great Falls Wednesday August 24, at 11:00, Hampton (5110 Southgate Dr) Billings Trainings will be from 1100 – 1300, with a working lunch. Lunch will be provided. If your interested in sponsoring a lunch for these trainings, please contact: mgehl@mttrucking.org Our registration is open at: https://www.mttrucking.org/events or email Karen at karen@mttrucking.org This will be a FREE training for all MTA members. Non-members $25.


Trucking Looks for New Owner-Operator Strategies as Independent Contractor Model is Threatened

Motor carriers that use owner-operators in California are working to re-evaluate their operations in order to meet strict restrictions on the use of independent contractors, as labor officials at the national level push to crack down on “employee misclassification” as well. Recent independent trucker protests that brought the Port of Oakland to a crawl gained plenty of media attention, but California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office indicated a lack of concern. The truckers were protesting AB5 (California Assembly Bill 5), a 2019 law that restricts businesses from classifying workers as independent contractors if those workers are in the same business. On June 30 of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear a case brought by the California Trucking Association challenging the law. That negated an injunction that had been keeping the state from enforcing the law in trucking while the case went through the courts. According to published reports, a spokesperson for Newsom’s office said that the truckers should “focus on supporting this transition... READ MORE


3 Things That Attract Younger Truck Drivers to a Fleet

Carriers define their company culture through the values and goals that they set, and they are more likely to attract and retain younger employees who share those values and goals, according to the American Transportation Research Institute latest study “Integrating Younger Adults into Trucking Careers.” A majority (84%) of the surveyed drivers between 18 and 25 years old indicated that they consider company culture important. Many younger drivers said that they dislike cutthroat environments and prefer collaborative environments where managers, dispatchers, and other drivers see themselves as part of the same team. Meanwhile, carriers reported that they are conducting more frequent surveys in order to understand younger employees’ satisfaction or concerns with current company practices. “Employees appreciate being able to have their voices heard, although it is crucial that they can respond honestly without fear of reprisal,” ATRI officials wrote. Younger drivers identified several practices ... READ MORE




'22 MT Trucking Expo Photos

To view the photos of our expo click HERE



Montana Truck Driver Appreciation

On September 14, 2022 Montana Trucking Association will be hosting two (2) Driver Appreciation events. One will be at the Laurel scales and the other will be at the Haugan scales. How can you help? · Become a Sponsor · Volunteer to cook and/or hand out food (anytime between 10:30 am - 2:00 pm) · Donate your company's swag (it will be given to the drivers) If you have questions or can help in any way email Karen at karen@mttrucking.org Click HERE for the sign-up form



Share the Road Help Needed

We need your help for the August 2nd, 3rd & 4th Share the Road presentations in Billings. Each presentation will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Here is what we need at each of the high schools: August 3rd at Skyview High = 1 truck/driver August 4th at West High = 1 truck/driver and 2 volunteers If you are able to help any or all of these dates, please email Karen at karen@mttrucking.org or call 406-442-6600.



Our Sponsors





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

Mike's Safety Tip

School Bus Safety Wow, is it getting towards the end of summer already? Looks like school will be starting up soon, so we need to refresh and think about driving and reacting to school busses. School busses can make sudden stops and turns unexpectedly. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of following distance. When your stopped for a school bus, driving a big truck, other motorists may not see the school bus, so do your part when your stopping or slowing for a school bus and use your hazard flashers to let other folks know. Have a safe week, Mike


2022 Annual Inspection Decals



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


Upcoming Events

August 2, 2022 Share the Road Senior High 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM August 3, 2022 Share the Road Skyview High 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Volunteers needed August 4, 2022 Share the Road West High 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Volunteers needed August 16 - 19, 2022 National Truck Driving Championship Indiana Convention Center Indianapolis, IN August 21 - 27, 2022 Brake Safety Week August 22, 2022 Fall Training Energy Partners (3050 Stockyard Rd) Missoula August 23, 2022 Truckers Against Trafficking Delta Hotel by Marriott - Helena Colonial 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Click HERE to register August 23, 2022 Fall Training PayneWest (405 3rd St NW, Ste. 301) Great Falls August 24, 2022 Fall Training Hampton (5110 Southgate Dr) Billings August 25, 2022 MTA Billings Golf Tournament 2022 Pryor Creek Golf Course (1292 Pryor Creek Rd) Huntley September 11 - 17, 2022 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week September 14, 2022 Montana Truck Driver Appreciation Day Volunteers and Sponsors needed September 22, 2022 Board of Directors Meeting DSV Road Transport (7211 Two Smokes Way) Missoula, MT 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 karen@mttrucking.org or call 406-442-6600




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

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