09/12/2022 On The Horizon













Thank You Professional Truck Driver's

It's National Truck Driver Appreciation week. Please take time to show respect & thank truck drivers for the service they provide!!! Thank you to the sponsors and volunteers helping the Montana Trucking Association as we recognize drivers while handing out a lunch at the Laurel & Haugan scales this Wednesday (9/14/22). Stay tuned for pictures of the day! We still could use volunteer help at the Laurel scales anytime between 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM If you have questions or can help in any way email Karen at karen@mttrucking.org Click HERE for the sign-up form


Personal Conveyance: Is It Worth It?

There’s nothing quite as amorphous as personal conveyance in FMCSA’s safety regulations. Personal conveyance (also called PC) describes time spent by regulated drivers operating commercial vehicles for personal use in off-duty status. PC time is not counted against the drivers’ available hours. In essence, it’s a limited exception to the requirement that all time spent at the operating controls of a commercial motor vehicle be logged as driving time on the driver’s records of duty status. As you might imagine, the idea of logging driving time as off-duty is fraught with the potential for misuse to conceal hours-of-service violations. For example, if a driver has reached his or her 11-hour driving limit but is still 30 miles from the destination, there’s certainly a temptation to flip over to off-duty personal conveyance status to complete the move and avoid a substantive HOS violation. Therein lies the problem. In the age of electronic logging devices, personal conveyance is one of the few remaining ways unscrupulous carriers and drivers ... READ MORE


Survey Finds Truck Drivers Feel Less Appreciated

Less professional commercial truck drivers in the U.S. feel like their job is appreciated following the height of the supply and transportation challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent Truckstop survey. In a survey of 500 U.S. truck drivers, 67% agreed that they feel their job is appreciated. However, this sentiment is down from last year’s high of 96%. Additionally, the survey revealed the following insights:

  • 83% of U.S. truck drivers indicated they experience daily challenges with recent increases in fuel prices.

  • 74% of drivers said they are concerned about the pressure to work longer hours due to the driver shortage.

  • 67% of truck drivers surveyed think pay levels are high enough to attract new drivers to the industry and keep veteran carriers from leaving.

  • Just over 61% of drivers surveyed feel they are benefiting positively from the fluctuating spot market rates.

  • 26% of drivers surveyed said fluctuating spot market rates have impacted their revenue positively and they are making up to 24% more money.

  • Over 72% surveyed said they find factoring an efficient way to get paid.

  • 68% of drivers surveyed find it challenging to keep up with insurance-related matters and changing industry regulations.

The Truckstop survey carried out by Censuswide, surveyed professional truck drivers between Aug.18 and Aug. 25.


Axe Throwing, Eats & Drinks

Click HERE to register TRUCKING INDUSTRY ASKED TO RANK TOP CONCERNS

Atlanta, GA – The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2022 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. Now in its 18th year, ATRI’s annual analysis not only ranks the issues overall but also provides insights into how critical topics are ranked differently by motor carriers and professional drivers. The report also allows stakeholders to monitor issues over time to better understand which issues are rising, or falling, in criticality. “The annual Top Industry Issues Survey has long been a crucial part of understanding the issues facing our country’s supply chain. ATRI’s research provides a chance for thousands of trucking industry professionals, from drivers to executives, to weigh in on the most important topics that affect trucking and collectively decide on the best strategies for addressing each,” said ATA Chair Harold Sumerford, Jr., CEO of J & M Tank Lines, Inc. “I encourage my fellow drivers to take a few minutes and complete the Top Industry Issues Survey. Whether your top issue is truck parking, driver compensation, detention, traffic congestion or something else, it only takes a few minutes to make your voice heard and for us collectively to let the industry know what drivers are most concerned about,” said Steve Fields, an America’s Road Team Captain and professional truck driver for Yellow. The results of the 2022 survey will be released October 22, 2022 as part of the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition to be held in San Diego, California. Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the 2022 survey available by clicking here. The survey will remain open through October 7, 2022. ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.



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Mike's Safety Tip

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and MTA would like to recognize and thank all the professional drivers out there that keep America moving. These hard working men and women are essential indeed and they make all our daily lives possible. We are grateful for all you do and thank you! We will be providing lunches to drivers at the Haugen and Laurel scales this Wednesday from 1100 to 1300. If you have availability, please contact Karen: karen@mttrucking.org to volunteer to help serve meals! Have a great week, Thanks 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

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 Axe Throwing, Eats & Drinks Lookout Throwing Co 1210 W Kent Ave # 105 Missoula, MT Register HERE September 25 - 29, 2022 National SuperTech Competition Huntington Convention Center Cleveland, OH October 19, 2022 Truckers Against Trafficking (free event) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Billings Hotel & Convention Center 1223 Mullowney Lane Billings, MT Registration


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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