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On The Horizon - March 18, 2024

California Postpones Periodic Smog Test Check for Trucks

The California Air Resources Board has delayed the first periodic testing deadline for the Clean Truck Check Program to Jan. 1, 2025.

However, this does not delay requirements to register and pay fees for 2023. The rollout of DMV registration holds for non-compliance is beginning to ramp up, notes the California Trucking Association.

Fleets must also still plan to pay fees for 2024, which will be due in the later half of this year.



Late last year, CARB extended the Clean Truck Check reporting deadline to the end of January 2024. Read More


Montana's 2024 Roadway Fatalities and Fatal Crashes


2024 CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria Now Available in the App

The 2024 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, which take effect on April 1, are now available for purchase through the CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria app.

The out-of-service criteria app may be accessed anywhere, anytime via a mobile device. In addition to the out-of-service criteria, the app also contains inspection bulletins, photos of violations, inspection procedures, operational policies, access to the CVSA Learning portal and more.

To purchase the new out-of-service criteria, search “CVSA” in the App Store or Google Play then select “CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria.” Once you’ve downloaded the app, set up your account with your first and last name and email address, then purchase the 2024 criteria. If you already have the app, search and select “CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria” in the App Store or Google Play to update your app and purchase the 2024 criteria. Read More


How Trucking is Fighting Fuel Card Fraud — And What You Can Do

Fraudsters are increasingly targeting commercial fuel cards and fueling transactions. Whether driven by growth in the freight market during the Covid-19 pandemic providing more targets and more fueling opportunities or the high price of diesel offering a more lucrative theft opportunity, fuel card fraud attempts have risen drastically.

It seems destined to stay at high levels unless companies fight back. They are doing so, in several ways.

How Bad is the Fuel Card Fraud Problem in Trucking?

Milo Dubak, CEO of Chicago-based fleet Pure Freight Lines, says fuel fraud has always been out there, but it increased tremendously in recent years.

“It was weekly, monthly. It was getting pretty bad,” he says. Read More


Will's Safety Tip

Part 2 in Our Series on Workers Compensation Insurance Includes How Do You File a Workers’ Comp Claim in Montana.

Your employees should report on-the-job injuries or illnesses right away to their:

  • Supervisor

  • Insurer

  • Employer


To receive workers’ compensation, they must report the injury within 30 days of the incident. The notice should include the time and place of injury and details of the injury itself. After the insurance company receives the first report of injury, the insurer has 30 days to respond to the claim with either an approval or denial. If one of your employees needs a First Report of Injury (FROI) form, they can find it at the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s website. It’s also important to note that there are fee schedules for Montana workers’ compensation benefits. This schedule outlines the maximum amount an insurance company can charge for medical treatment for your employee’s injury.

Stay Safe!


MTA Truck Driving Championship

MTA is excited to announce that registration for the 2024 Truck Driving Championship is now open! The championship will be held on June 8th at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out! Click the links below for the registration form, sponsorship opportunities and hotel room block information!

2024 TDC Registration form
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TDC Sponsorship Opportunities
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We need help to put on this great event! So if you are able to help or know of anyone, please let us know! Thank you in advance for you help in making this event happen! To register to volunteer use the sign up sheet below

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Barry 'Spook' Stang Memorial Scholarship

MTA is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Barry 'Spook' Stang Memorial Scholarship for 2024-2025! This scholarship is for any new or returning student planning on attending a Montana College, University, Trade school or other educational institution. Student must be a dependent of or be employed by an MTA member. Application form can be found below or on our website!

Application Form


Scholarship application 2024-2025
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2024 Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

MTA is now accepting 2024 sponsorships. See link for full benefits and registration form!











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