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09/19/2022 On The Horizon

Thank You For Making Truck Driver Appreciation a Success

Thank you to the sponsors and volunteers for helping the Montana Trucking Association recognize drivers while handing out a lunch at the Laurel & Haugan scales this Wednesday (9/14/22). Without the following Sponsors and Volunteers, we could not have fed over 925 drivers in one day: Albertsons Ashley Pacific Northwest Coca Cola Corcoran Trucking Decker Truck Line, Inc Dick Irvin, Inc Diversified Transfer & Storage Diversified Truck Leasing DSV Road Transport, Inc DTS Logistics Energy Partners, LLC Farstad Oil, Inc Franz Bakery Freight Agency Great West Casualty Company Hanser's Wrecker & Auto Hanson Trucking, Inc Jones Brothers Trucking Line Haul Logistics, Inc Montana State Fund Montana Trucking Association Motor Carrier Services Motor Power Equipment PayneWest Insurance Pepsi Cola Wallwork Financial Warren Transport, Inc Click HERE to see pictures of the event! Click HERE to see the video that Jesse Butler from Decker Truck Line, Inc. made.

Operational Costs in Trucking Research

ATRI recently released the 2022 update to its annual Operational Costs of Trucking research, which provides detailed breakdowns of numerous line-item costs by fleet size and sector. Using real-world data from for-hire motor carriers, this year’s Ops Costs research found that trucking’s total marginal cost grew by 12.7 percent in 2021 to $1.855 per mile, the highest on record since ATRI first published an Ops Costs report in 2008. Leading contributors to this increase were fuel, repair and maintenance, and driver wages. READ MORE 

Canadian ELD Enforcement

Canada will start enforcing the Electronic Logging Device mandate January 1, 2023. If traveling into Canada, MTA advises you reach out to your current ELD provider to make sure they will be compliant with the Canadian regulations. 

CVSA Releases 2022 International Roadcheck Results

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2022) – Over the three days of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative, CVSA-certified inspectors conducted 59,026 inspections and placed 12,456 commercial motor vehicles and 3,714 commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service. Inspectors in Canada and the U.S. conducted 36,555 Level I Inspections and inspectors in Mexico conducted 1,150 Level V Inspections, for a combined total of 37,705 Level I and V Inspections. They placed 8,718 vehicles out of service, which is a 23.1% vehicle out-of-service rate for North America. Out of the 48,966 Level I and II Inspections conducted in Canada and the U.S., 11,181 vehicles were placed out of service, which is a 22.8% vehicle out-of-service rate, and 3,118 drivers were placed out of service, which is a 6.4% driver out-of-service rate. Each year, CVSA highlights a certain aspect of the roadside inspection. This year, the focus was on wheel ends. Out of the top 10 vehicle out-of-service violations ... READ MORE

Axe Throwing, Eats & Drinks

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If you would like to be a Sponsor, please contact Karen at 406-442-6600 or

Mike's Safety Tip

Three Points of Contact How many times have you seen someone jump out of their truck? Or, watched someone quickly climb up into the cab? Falls are no laughing matter. Slips trips and falls account for the primary cause of lost days from work and approximately 85% of workman’s comp claims are attributed to slips trips and falls. Unfortunately, were not getting better. Slips trips and falls are on the rise. At current trends, 59,000 people will die annually by 2030 by slips trips and falls in the US alone. Do your part, wear appropriate footwear, and don’t get in a hurry. When you climb in and out of your truck, remember to face the vehicle, and use three points of contact. Have a safe week, thanks Mike 406-274-8519

2022 Annual Inspection Decals

Call MTA to order the 2022 Inspection Decals 406-442-6600 Or you can Email Karen:

Upcoming Events

September 22, 2022 Board of Directors Meeting DSV Road Transport 7211 Two Smokes Way Missoula, MT September 22, 2022 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 or call 406-442-6600

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

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