Canada Expected to Drop COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate on September 30th
Following up on previous note, Health Canada, the federal agency in charge of COVID-19 regulations, made an announcement this morning confirming last week's early report that the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, along with other associated travel rules, will expire on September 30, 2022. Effective October 1, 2022, all travelers, regardless of citizenship, no longer will be required to do any of the following health measures: Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
Provide proof of vaccination;
Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
Carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
Monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada.
The announcement from Health Canada is available here. To date, there has been no announcement from the U.S. that the federal government will be making any similar changes to the current COVID-19 vaccine requirements for foreign nationals entering the country. The current requirements for land ports of entry from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are available here. ATA will continue to engage with the White House and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to address our concerns with this issue.
Senate Confirms Hutcheson as FMCSA Administrator
Robin Hutcheson, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, was easily confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Sept. 22. The nominee, currently managing the agency in an acting capacity, was confirmed by a unanimous consent vote. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a member of the Commerce Committee on freight policy, announced her confirmation on the floor of the chamber. Hutcheson had gained approval by the Commerce Committee in June. During a hearing prior to her confirmation, she told senators if confirmed her objective would be to help realize safety initiatives, assist with alleviating supply chain bottlenecks and explore ways to facilitate technological advancements in the trucking industry. Hutcheson also emphasized the contributions of truck drivers. “Now, more than ever, Americans are acutely tuned in to how our goods get to our homes — from the flour for the bread we eat, the clothes we wear, the bed we sleep in — we all have a better ... READ MORE
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering for truck parking
Federal funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are rolling in for crucial truck parking projects across the country. In recent days, Florida and Tennessee were awarded a combined $37,600,000 in INFRA grant funding to expand their truck parking capacity -- with more states sure to follow. Why it matters: A severe shortage of commercial truck parking nationwide is having dire consequences for highway safety and supply chain efficiency. When truck drivers are unable to find safe, authorized parking, they're stuck in a no-win situation -- forced to either park in unsafe or illegal locations, or violate federal hours-of-service rules that regulate their daily drive-time in order to search for safer, legal alternatives... READ MORE
Missoula Axe Throwing, Eats & Drinks Social
On Thursday (September 22nd) Montana Trucking Association held a fun social in Missoula following the Board of Directors meeting. I-State Truck Center helped sponsor this Axe Throwing event. Here are some of the pictures from that evening. Thank you to everyone that showed up to enjoy this fun social!
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It is with a heavy heart that we share that the spouse of a long time member and Board member has passed. Dave Gardner's wife, Martha, passed on September 16, 2022. Martha was very active in the Association, helping provide meals at both the Truck Driving Championship and the SuperTech. We send our condolences to the Gardner family. Click HERE to read the obituary.
June Driver of the Month
Congratulations to the June 2022 Driver of the Month: Arthur (Art) Clubb. Art has worked for Decker Truck Line, Inc. since 1/9/13. He has been driving professionally for 33 years.
Art has been a fine specimen of a professional driver for the 9 years at Decker Truck Line. A few winters ago on Interstate 80, during a road closure for snow, Art provided for other stranded motorists and professional drivers for two days, until the road opened up. He did this our of the kindness of his own heart and his own pocket.
July Driver of the Month
Congratulations to the July 2022 Driver of the Month: Lyle Turville. Lyle has worked for Decker Truck Line since 8/8/2012. He has been driving professionally for 40 years.
Lyle has been a top notch employee and valued family member. He will go out of his way to help other drivers on the road, whether it's helping them learn how to back their equipment or coach them on best practices in their jobs. He is the image of a TRUE professional driver and family man.
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2022 Annual Inspection Decals
Call MTA to order the 2022 Inspection Decals 406-442-6600 Or you can Email Karen: email@example.com
September 25 - 29, 2022 National SuperTech Competition Huntington Convention Center Cleveland, OH October 3, 2022 Share the Road 3:30 PM Senior High School Billings, MT Volunteers & Drivers / Trucks needed October 4, 2022 Share the Road 3:30 PM Skyview High School Billings, MT Volunteers & Drivers / Trucks needed
October 6, 2022 Share the Road 3:30 PM West High School Billings, MT Volunteers & Drivers / Trucks needed 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 406-442-6600
Montana Trucking Association 501 N. Sanders, Suite 201 Helena, MT 59601 406-442-6600