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On the Horizon - January 22, 2024

Updated: Feb 15

Montana Energy Emergency Declaration

Governor Gianforte has signed an Executive Order declaring an energy emergency and waiving certain trucking regulations related to the delivery of residential heating fuel. The order is effective January 19, 2024 and expires on February 1, 2024. See LINK for full details

Doggone Scammers

In today's digital age, scams are on the rise and it is important to prevent yourself from falling victim to one of their schemes. If you think you have been scammed, use this LINK to file a complaint.

MDT Winter Maintenance Practices

Stay up to date with Montana Department of Transportation winter maintenance practices.

Join us for an online webinar to learn and ask questions about:

  • Safety around snow plows

  • MDT winter maintenance practices

  • MDT plowing challenges

  • When chains are required

  • Tow plows

  • Etc..

Date: January 24, 2024

Time: 1:00pm-2:00Pm

Secure your spot today by contacting us at or 406-442-6600!

FMCSA Administrator Hutcheson Leaving Agency

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Robin Hutcheson is leaving after two years heading up the agency, following the departure earlier this month of Deputy Administrator Earl Adams Jr.

Hutcheson will leave on Jan. 26. Sue Lawless, FMCSA executive director and chief safety officer, will serve as acting deputy administrator and lead the agency.

Lawless just four months ago was named assistant administrator and chief safety officer, replacing Jack Van Steenburg, who retired last year after 15 years with FMCSA. Prior to that, Lawless was the director of FMCSA’s Motor Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle Standards Division.

Under Hutcheson, FMCSA has been moving forward on several initiatives, some of them controversial, including its Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking, an overhaul to its Safety Measurement System, a potential speed limiter rule, and a potential rule mandating automatic emergency braking systems. Read More

What Truck Fleet Managers Need to Know about OSHA

If you're a trucking fleet safety manager, chances are you're familiar with federal Department of Transportation regulations affecting your company's operations. But what about OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Do its workplace regulations affect your company?

Generally, the federal Department of Transportation preempts OSHA's jurisdiction while vehicles operate on public roadways. OSHA’s jurisdiction is limited to vehicles operated in the workplace and not on public roads.

In addition, the DOT's jurisdiction covers interstate (between two states) commerce. OSHA’s jurisdiction extends to intrastate (within a state) commerce. For instance, OSHA’s jurisdiction includes gravel and sand haulers, logging, agriculture, and cement and concrete mixers, which are typically intrastate commerce activities.

Making the question more complex is the fact that many states have adopted federal DOT standards for intrastate commerce activity within their borders. Read More

2024 Driver Compensation Survey

2024 Driver Compensation Survey

Calling all motor carriers!

ATA is excited to announce the launch of its 2024 Driver Compensation Survey. Last conducted in 2022, this survey data will be used to produce our 2024 Driver Compensation Study, a one-of-a-kind benchmarking tool that will yield valuable information on driver pay to help carriers differentiate themselves by giving them the tools to make well-informed compensation decisions. Previous studies covered data from more than 180 fleets, over 135,000 employee drivers, and nearly 20,000 independent contractors, with data broken down by For-Hire TL carriers, LTL carriers and Private fleets.


The 2024 Driver Compensation Study will include detailed pay estimates broken down by carrier type, trailer type and region. It will also explore the wide variety of driver pay structures (hourly, per-mile, annual salary, percent of revenue) as well as driver incentives, benefits, and bonuses. Survey participants will receive the comprehensive 2024 Driver Compensation Study for just $100 ($1,500 for non-participants), a free executive summary prior to the release of the report and an invitation to a participant-only, free of charge webinar hosted by ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello & Sr Analyst Lindsay Bur to discuss the results of the study and answer questions. This year’s Driver Compensation Study will be released in the summer of 2024.


Learn more about the 2024 study. To participate, complete and return the survey to by Friday, March 29.

Take Survey HERE

Will's Safety Tip

Did you know that one of the highest risks of injury for commercial truck drivers is the simple task of entering or exiting a truck cab? Falls from truck cabs can result in serious head injuries or knee and ankle injuries that are painful and difficult to heal. You can reduce your driver’s risk of falls by training them on the safe work practices we have listed below. Please follow these at all times – So we go home safe!

  • 3-points of contact must be used whenever ascending, descending, entering or exiting your truck. This means either two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand.

  • Do not hold your cell phone, paperwork, lunch or other items when ascending or descending from the truck. Reach back in and grab them or place them inside before climbing.

  • Maintain 3-points of contact until you have safely entered the truck cab or standing on stable ground.

  • Never attempt to exit the truck with your back facing the cab.

  • Only use the handles and steps built into the truck. Do not use other parts of the truck to grab onto or step on such as the seat, door handle, steering wheel, etc.

  • Steps must be free of oil, grease, mud or other slippery substances. Make sure you’re keeping these areas clean.

Stay Safe! 

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