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10/03/2022 On the Horizon

FBI Honors Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force with Director’s Community Leadership Award

Thanks Scott Koch, Whitewood Transport Inc for your leadership in the Yellowstone Area Human Trafficking Task Force.

Members of the Task Force’s Steering Committee accepted the award from FBI Special Agent in Charge Dennis Rice. Pictured left to right are SAC Rice; co-chairs Stephanie Baucus and Penny Ronning; Assistant US Attorney Zeno Baucus; board members, Melanie Tripp, Erin Walker and Scott Koch; and steering committee members Georgia Cady and Dr. Cynthia Brewer. Special Agent in Charge Dennis Rice is pleased to announce the Yellowstone County Area Human Trafficking Task Force as the recipient of the 2021 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) for the Salt Lake City Division. Each year, FBI field offices nominate individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their communities through service. SAC Rice recognized the Task Force with this honor during an awards presentation on September 16, in Billings, Montana. The YCAHTTF is a non-profit organization that helps coordinate efforts of law enforcement, service providers, and volunteers in Yellowstone County, Montana, and the surrounding areas, in their work to investigate and prosecute human traffickers, assist victims of human trafficking, increase community awareness, and prevent future trafficking. The Task Force’s work has led to an increased reporting of possible human trafficking cases in Billings through efforts that include community outreach and law enforcement training. Members are working with ... READ MORE

Share the Road HELP NEEDED!

YIKES!!!!!! We desperately need volunteers for tomorrow and Thursday!!! We have 2 more Share the Road presentations scheduled:

  • October 4th - Skyview High School at 3:30 PM

  • October 6th - West High School at 3:30 PM

We are in need of the following:

  • 2 Helpers & 2 Drivers/Trucks each day

If you can help with either or both of these presentations, please contact Karen at 406-442-6600 or

FMCSA Considering Changes to ELD Rules

In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, FMCSA said it wants to improve the clarity of the current regulations and address concerns about the technical specifications raised by industry stakeholders. There are five areas where the agency is considering changes:

  • Applicability to pre-2000 engines.

  • Addressing ELD malfunctions.

  • The process for removing ELD products from FMCSA’s list of registered devices.

  • Technical specifications.

  • ELD certification.

The December 2015 ELD final rule established minimum performance and design standards for ELDs; requirements for the mandatory use of these devices by drivers; requirements concerning hours-of-service supporting documents; and measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs. In its notice, FMCSA said it “believes that the lessons learned by agency staff, state enforcement personnel, ELD providers, and industry over the last few years can be ... READ MORE

Where Do Electric Trucks Fit In?

While battery-electric heavy-duty trucks are being used and tested as an option for the industry, some argue that this zero-emission solution may never be realistic or suitable for widespread adoption in long-haul trucking. But even with the challenges regarding range, lack of charging infrastructure, and battery sourcing, BEVs seem to have found a place outside long haul. The low-emissions, quiet operation and reliability of these vehicles are best suited for operations in those segments of the industry where range isn’t as big a challenge compared to long-haul operations, according to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s latest Run on Less report. NACFE tracked 13 fleets using battery-electric trucks in various applications to gauge how well early adoption is going. Regional Haul In return-to-base, single-shift operations, with many docks near residential neighborhoods, noise ordinances can limit the time of day a business can receive deliveries. Operating electric vehicles versus diesel trucks ... READ MORE 

Charging cars at home at night is not the way to go, Stanford study finds

The move to electric vehicles will result in large costs for generating, transmitting, and storing more power. Shifting current EV charging from home to work and night to day could cut costs and help the grid, according to a new Stanford study. The vast majority of electric vehicle owners charge their cars at home in the evening or overnight. We’re doing it wrong, according to a new Stanford study. In March, the research team published a paper on a model they created for charging demand that can be applied to an array of populations and other factors. In the new study, published Sept. 22 in Nature Energy, they applied their model to the whole of the Western United States and examined the stress the region’s electric grid will come under by 2035 from growing EV ownership. In a little over a decade, they found, rapid EV growth alone could increase peak electricity demand by up to 25%, assuming a continued dominance of residential, nighttime charging. To limit the high costs of all that new capacity for generating and storing electricity, the researchers say, drivers should move to daytime charging at work or public charging stations, which would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This finding has policy and investment implications for ... READ MORE

Mike Gehl is leaving the Association

After almost 2 years of being the Safety Coordinator for Montana Trucking Association, Mike has taken another job in the industry. This will be his last week with the Association and we wish him the best. We will be advertising this position soon, so if you know of someone that would be a good fit, please have them contact Duane at

October Driver of the Month

It's time to show your appreciation for your hard working professional drivers. Nominate them for the Driver of the Month! We are now accepting Driver Of the Month nominations for October 2022. You may use any of the following forms:

  • Download the fillable form from our webpage at (on the Safety tab)

  • Use this fillable form

All nominations must be in by Monday, October 31st at 5:00 p.m.

Our Sponsors

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

2022 Annual Inspection Decals

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

Upcoming Events

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 October 31, 2022 Driver of the Month nominations due

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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