November 24, 2014: MCM Weekly Newsletter

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Nov 27 & 28 MCM Office Closed Thanksgiving Holiday  

Dec 8  Legislative Tour Begins
           Schedule of Tour below

Dec 9   Helena Chapter Safety Meeting
             Location, Speaker, Topic TBA

Dec 10  Billings Chapter Safety Meeting
             11:30am - 1:00pm
              Location, Speaker, Topic TBA

Dec 16  Missoula Chapter Safety Meeting
             12:00pm - 1:00pm
             Jokers Wild
             Speaker:  Tim Garland, Les Schwab Tire
             Topic: What happens when a truck tire comes off a tractor trailer and
             the damages that can occur at at 65 mph. Tim will explain why this happens
             and how to prevent it.

Dec 25 MCM Office Closed Christmas Holiday

Jan 1 MCM Office Closed New Years Holiday

Jan 5 Share The Road
         Billings Senior High
         4:00pm - 5:00pm

Jan 6 Share The Road
         Skyview High, Billings
         4:00pm - 5:00pm

Jan 6 Board Meeting
          Jorgensons Inn, Room 156
          12:00pm - 4:00pm
          Hotel Reservations TBA

Jan 6 Safety Meeting
          Jorgensons Inn, Room 156
          4:00pm - 5:00pm

Jan 12 Share The Road
           West High, Billings
           4:00pm - 5:00pm
Legislative Tour Schedule


Plan on attending one of our legislative receptions scheduled around the state.  Motor Carriers of Montana has again partnered with the Montana Contractors Association to provide members an opportunity to speak with their newly elected legislators.  Please see the schedule for time and location and RSVP to Katie at MCM 442-6600, as soon as possible.     


Monday, Dec. 8.....................................Great Falls  
                                                               Titan Machinery

                                                               1215 38th Street North

                                                               Social - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   

Monday, Dec. 15....................................Bozeman

                                                        RDO Equipment

                                                                258 Laura Louis Lane

                                                                Social - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16....................................Billings                                                                

                                                                Tri State Truck & Equipment

                                                                5250 Midland Road

                                                                Social - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, Dec. 17................................Butte 

                                                                 La Quinta

                                                                 1 Holiday Park Drive

                                                                 Social - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.     

Coat Drive

Cummins NW is conducting a coat drive and we'd like to reach out to you for support. As many of us experience throughout the year we are asked for monetary donations but all that is being asked of you is to spread the word and clean out those closets! They are looking for coats, jackets, hats, gloves/mittens, etc for adults and children of all ages. All that is required is the motivation to sort through the items you no longer use or need and drop them off at Cummins NW or contact Joe Coyne and they will pick them up! Deadline for this is December 15.


If you wish to make a monetary donation please make checks out to Cummins Northwest (memo:  coat drive). 


If you have any questions please feel free to call Joe at Cummins. Thank you!

Joe Coyne
Cummins Northwest
Office 406-728-1300 ext. 4408
6900 Kestrel Dr. #20
Missoula, MT 59808 

2014 State Chain & Snow Removal Laws

We have gathered information from each state and alphabetically listed each state's chaining requirements.  

Click here for State Chain Laws

Click here for Snow Removal Laws 

ATRI Seeks Input on Driver Assistive Truck Platooning

In coordination with two different US DOT-sponsored research teams, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is launching a new data collection effort that seeks more detailed information on the likely costs and benefits associated with Truck Platooning.  The survey seeks both truck driver and motor carrier input on the specific use scenarios and price points that might accrue from truck platooning, also known as Driver Assistive Truck Platooning (DATP).


The DATP concept is based on a system that controls inter-vehicle spacing based on information from forward-looking radars and direct vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Braking and other operational data is constantly exchanged between the trucks, enabling the control system to automatically adjust engine and brakes in real-time. This allows equipped trucks to travel closer together than manual operations would safely allow.   Based on industry input, ATRI will conduct an empirical cost/benefit analysis to determine the degree to which Truck Platooning may be adopted in the trucking industry.


The online survey is available on ATRI's website at and will be open through December 8, 2014.


ATRI is the trucking industry's 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation's essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

Final ELD Rule Not Expected Till Late 2015, FMCSA Says
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does not expect to publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices for carriers until Sept. 30, 2015, the agency said in its November significant rule-makings report.

The rule would not be effective until two years after it is finalized.

Other regulatory projections affecting truckers:

* The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will send its heavy-duty truck speed-limiters proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget next month, and publish the rule March 16, 2015.

* FMCSA plans to send its carrier safety fitness determination rule to OMB in late December and publish its proposed rule April 2, 2015. The rule would replace the current SafeStat system using Compliance, Safety, Accountability data to rate carriers as satisfactory, conditional or unsatisfactory.

* FMCSA left unchanged its plan to publish an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking this month that will explore whether to raise the current $750,000 insurance minimum for carriers. The ANPRM will seek comments from carriers to assist the agency in deciding whether to move forward with a proposed rule.

* FMCSA expects to issue its final drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule Oct. 30, 2015, and a final rule prohibiting the coercion of drivers by carriers and brokers on Sept. 10, 2015.
Be Ready. Be Buckled. Kids' Art Contest 
The "Be Ready. Be Buckled." art contest focuses on urging truck, bus and all drivers to buckle up to saves lives and reduce injuries. Children with a relationship to individuals or organizations in the trucking and bus industries can participate as per entry requirements. Artwork that best illustrates "the importance of commercial motor vehicle drivers buckling up" with the overarching message "Safety Belts Save Lives" will win the grand prizes in each of the two age categories. Contest ends Friday, February 28, 2015.  All submissions must be postmarked no later than
Friday, February 28, 2015. Contest runs through Friday February 28, 2015.  Results decided by April 1, 2015.

An awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 3-9,  2015) celebrations aimed at increasing awareness about work safety - being safe on the job.

Download your entry form today.

2014 Winning Artwork 


First grader Annie Yu from Edison, New Jersey, is the grand prize winner of the Kindergarten through second grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest."

Third grader Heather Li from Orlando, Florida, won top honors in the third through sixth grade age group for the 2014 "Be Ready, Be Buckled" art contest.
UPS Your Wishes Delivered
During the holiday season, so many of the packages we deliver at UPS begin with a wish. UPS is responsible for delivering millions of packaged wishes during peak season through hard work, great care, and dedication.

With this in mind, UPS has launched Your Wishes Delivered, a campaign designed to invite the public to share their wishes during the holidays. For every wish shared on or via social media channels like Twitter or Instagram using #WishesDelivered, UPS will donate $1 to one of three charities: The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The Salvation Army, and Toys for Tots Literacy Program (up to $100,000). So far, the campaign has been met with very positive public sentiment and involvement in social media.



You can help in two important ways:


1) Spread the word by liking, sharing, and commenting on the campaign stories we've posted on UPS social channels.

-Facebook*:      UPS Delivers Wishes 

-Twitter*:           Share a Wish Using #WishesDelivered 

-YouTube:         UPS Delivering Wishes Video 


2) Submit your own holiday wishes to support this good cause at the UPS wishes Delivered site: 


Thank you for sharing and supporting the cause during peak season. And be on the lookout for updates coming soon that spotlight UPSer stories and some very special wishes delivered.


Free Safety Workshops 

The Gift of Safety: Safety Workshops  

Now that the holiday season is quickly approaching, why not give yourself a free gift, the gift of safety, by attending one of our December safety workshops.


Topics include:
First Report of Injury
(FROI): When an employee gets hurt, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. The second thing to do is file a first report of injury (FROI) with the employer's workers' compensation carrier.   A FROI is a document all employers are legally obligated to file if an employee gets hurt on the job.  In this session participants will learn why it's so important to file a FROI as quickly as possible and how to correctly fill it out.


As OSHA Turns:  In January 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will change the current reporting requirements for accidents. This includes changes to OSHA's partially exempt list for recordkeeping.  In this section we'll discuss the reporting changes, as well as the criteria OSHA uses to decide which business is inspected and how to prepare for the inspection.  


Watch, Share and Be Safe: The web and social media have transformed the way we find and view information and entertainment. In the world of safety resources it's no different.  In this part of the workshop we'll introduce you to a number of safety websites and social media outlets that will prove to be valuable tools for workplace safety.   


Dates and Locations of Workshops

December 9 -   Butte -  La Quinta Inn and Suites
December 10 -  Bozeman  - Holiday Inn
December 11 -  Miles City  - Sleep Inn and Suites
December 12 -  Billings -  Big Horn Resort (New Location)
December 16 - Kalispell  - Hampton Inn
December 17 - Missoula -  Best Western Grant Creek Inn
December 18 -  Helena -  Holiday Inn Express
December 19 -  Great Falls -  Holiday Inn

Workshops take place from 8:30-Noon. To register go to For more information call Kirk Smith at 800-332-6102.

Mark Your Calendar


Montana ESGR & Montana Department of Labor Workforce Services Offices Job Fairs 2015

Early Entry Military, Military Spouses and Vets

Employers will be hiring


Billings Jobs Jamboree

March 18, 2015

METRA PARK Billings Montana

Contact Trisha Glenn 406-655-6081 Registration online now


Great Falls Community Job Fair

March 24, 2015

Great Falls, MT

Montana Expo Park Exhibition Hall

Great Falls Job Service Contact Barbara Hardy (406) 791-5816 


Southwestern Montana Job Fair

March 25, 2015

Butte Montana

Location to be determined

Job Service Manager Butte Marilyn Ohman (406) 494-0300 


Bozeman Community Job Fair

April 8, 2015

Gallatin County Fairgrounds Bozeman, MT

Bozeman Job Service Contact Debbie Berg (406) 582-9200 

Bozeman Job Service Contact Debbie Berg (406) 582-9200 


Miles City Job Fair

April 8, 2015

A small job fair but closer to energy jobs in North Dakota

Miles Community College Miles City, MT

Miles City Job Service contact Cindy Erickson (406) 232-8349 


Helena Community Job Fair

April 9 2015

Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Helena MT

Helena Job Service Contact Carol Rule (406) 447-3215 


Flathead Valley Job Fair

April 16, 2015

Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell, MT

Flathead Job Service Contact Bill Gilbert (406) 758-6240 

or Roberta Diegel Business Resource Consultant Flathead Job Service (406) 758-6273 


North Western Montana's Largest Career Fair

April 21, 2015

Missoula, MT

Hilton Garden Inn

Missoula Job Service Contact Wolf Ametsbichler (406) 728-7060 


Save The Date RMRSR 2015