December 22, 2014: MCM Weekly Newsletter

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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, Helena
          Jorgensons Inn, Room 156
          12:00pm - 4:00pm
Jan 6 Safety Meeting, Helena
          Jorgensons Inn, Room 156
          4:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Jan 12  SafetyFest Kalispell
             Flathead Valley Community College
              777 Grandview Dr. 
              See article below for more info

Jan 13 Helena Chapter Safety Meeting
            11:30 am - 12:30 pm
             Speaker:  Jim Dusenberry, J&D Truck Repair
             Topic:  Carrier responsibilities and expectations during an accident

Jan 14  Billings Chapter Safety Meeting
             11:30 am - 12:30 pm
             Hanser's Wrecker
             Speaker:  Jim Dusenberry, J&D Truck Repair
             Topic:  Carrier responsibilities and expectations during an accident

Jan 20  Missoula Chapter Safety Meeting
             12:00pm - 1:00pm
             Jokers Wild
             Speaker:  Jim Dusenberry, J&D Truck Repair
             Topic:  Carrier responsibilities and expectations during an accident
Share The Road January
We are in need of volunteers for Share The Road in Billings for the following dates and times. 


Monday, January 5   Senior High


Tuesday, January 6    Skyview High

Monday, January 12  West High

4:00p - 5:00 pm (all three days)


As you consider volunteering please remember that we need your equipment at the location hour before the class starts. 

We also require additional cars/pick-ups to go in the no-zones.

Any help you can provide in these areas would be appreciated.  For questions please contact Frank Molodecki at


Senior High

January 5, 2015


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Driver/Truck 1

 Ankrum Trucking Brian Ankrum


Driver/Truck 2



Instructor 1

 Don Ruesch Stieg & Associates



 Bob Dupree Cross Petroleum






January 6, 2015


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Driver/Truck 1

 A&I Distributors Shannon Fisher


Instructor 1




 Bob Dupree Cross Petroleum


West High

January 12, 2015


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Driver/Truck 1

 Ankrum Trucking Brian Ankrum


Driver/Truck 2



Instructor 1




 Bob Dupree Cross Petroleum





IRS Issues Mileage Rates for 2015
The federal Internal Revenue Service has published the standard mileage rates it will accept for business travel deductions during 2015.  The rate for travel by car will rise from the current 56 cents a mile to 57.5 cents.  The use of a car for charitable purposes remains at 14 cents a mile, and travel for medical care at 23 cents a mile.  IRS adds that these rates need not be used if a taxpayer maintains records that document a different amount.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 395

Hours of Service of Drivers


AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.


ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: FMCSA suspends enforcement of certain sections of the Agency's Hours of Service (HOS) rules as required by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, enacted December 16, 2014. Specifically, FMCSA suspends the requirements regarding the restart of a driver's 60- or 70-hour limit that drivers were required to comply with beginning July 1, 2013. The restart provisions have no force or effect from the date of enactment of the Appropriations Act through the period of suspension, and such provisions are replaced with the previous restart provisions in effect on June 30, 2013. FMCSA provides this notice to motor carriers, commercial drivers, State Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program grant recipients and other law enforcement personnel of these immediate enforcement changes.


DATES: The suspension of enforcement of 395.3(c) and (d) is effective as of 12:01 a.m. on December 16, 2014.

Top Truck Freight Congestion Locations in the State Identified
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the findings of its 2014 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight-Significant Highway Locations.  The research, which assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system, uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.  The data is associated with the FHWA-sponsored Freight Performance Measures (FPM) initiative.  The locations detailed in this latest ATRI report represent the top 100 congested locations.



(STATE) has (NUMBER OF BOTTLENECKS) on the top 100 list including:


  • Location X ranked NUMBER out of 100
  • Location Y ranked NUMBER out of 100
  • Location Z ranked NUMBER out of 100


"ATRI's identification of the top truck bottlenecks in (STATE) is a critical first step identifying where we should focus our state resources to improve freight mobility. Trucks haul more than (PERCENTAGE FROM YOUR STATE FAST FACTS) of the freight in (STATE) and relieving congestion at these chokepoints ensures that those trucks and our state's economy keep moving," commented STA EXEC (or one of your motor carrier members).


For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, visit


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. 

Congress Passes Tax Extenders Legislation

The U.S. Senate passed legislation last week that would extend approximately 50 tax credits and expenditures retroactively for the calendar year 2014.  H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, passed by a 76 - 16 vote after the U.S. House of Representatives had passed the identical legislation late last week before leaving town for their recess.


President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law. Congress has consistently extended most of these tax provisions every two years but failed to do so at this time last year, allowing them to expire on December 31, 2013.

H.R. 5771 does not extend any tax provisions into 2015 as the Republican majority of both chambers of Congress want to re-write tax policy and perhaps even make several provisions permanent in the future.  


The key provisions of H.R. 5771 that will impact MCM members include:


  • Extension of Bonus Depreciation: This extends the 50 percent bonus depreciation option for nearly all business equipment placed into service during calendar 2014.


  • Extension of Increased Expensing: This provision extends the full expensing of property placed into service by small businesses that were subject to the limitations in effect during years 2010 through 2013.


  • Extension of 15 -Year Cost Recovery: This provision extends the improvements to real property, including motor carrier facilities, placed into service during 2014and allows for the accelerated 15 -year straight-line depreciation that has been used by businesses for the past several years.


  • Extension of Fuel Tax Credit for Propane and Natural Gas: This provision extends the $0.50 per gallon credit for the business use of alternative fuels such as natural gas.


  • Extension of Credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling: This provision extends the 30 percent investment tax credit for alternative vehicle refueling property. The legislation also includes several other tax provisions that impact some GMTA members such as the exclusion of gains on small business stock, the continuation in the reduction of built-in gains to five years which occurred when traditional C - corporations were converted into S - corporations, as well as many others.


You may view the entire bill summary and its text by clicking here.

IFTA Information

Filing of 4th quarter 2014 tax returns begins January 1, 2015.

File Early to Avoid the Rush!


Envelopes must be postmarked by February 2, 2015 which is the last day to file your 4th quarter return timely.



Renewal Time is Almost Over! Important Change!


MDT has reviewed the IFTA decal process for the State of Montana. Starting with the 2015 renewal MDT will no longer charge the $2.00 per set of decals. Only one set of decals per vehicle may be requested.



IFTA Bond Requirement Information


Under Administrative Rules of Montana 18.10.124, an IFTA licensee must post a bond of at least $500 for the following non-compliance: 1) three late quarterly filings in a three-year period; 2) non-payment of the tax liability of an IFTA quarterly tax return two or more times in a four-quarter period; or 3) the license was previously revoked.



For assistance with your tax return please call 444-9276 or 444-7274.


Information from the IFTA Procedures Manual




.100 Licensees shall maintain detailed distance records which show operations on

       an individual-vehicle basis. The operational records shall contain, but not be

       limited to:


.005 Taxable and non-taxable usage of fuel;


.010 Distance traveled for taxable and non-taxable use; and


.015 Distance recaps for each vehicle for each jurisdiction in which the

       vehicle operated.


.200 An acceptable distance accounting system is necessary to substantiate the

       information reported on the tax return filed quarterly or annually. A

       licensee's system at a minimum, must include distance data on each

       individual vehicle for each trip and be recapitulated in monthly fleet

       summaries. Supporting information should include:


.005 Date of trip (starting and ending);


.010 Trip origin and destination;


.015 Route of travel (may be waived by base jurisdiction);


.020 Beginning and ending odometer or hubodometer
                reading of the trip (may be waived by base jurisdiction);

.025 Total trip miles/kilometers;


.030 Miles/kilometers by jurisdiction;


.035 Unit number or vehicle identification number;


.040 Vehicle fleet number;


.045 Registrant's name; and


.050 may include additional information at the discretion of the base

Pretrip Study Guide

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 

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.
SafetyFestMT:  Kalispell 2015 Is Coming Soon!

January 12 - 16, 2015 
Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Dr. 
Kalispell, MT 59901

Don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of the fantastic line up of FREE classes available at the Kalispell 2015 SafetyFestMT.  Classes like Fall Protection, What a Safety Coordinator Does, First Aid/CPR/AED, Trenching, Personal Safety in the Workplace, OSHA Certified Classes and more will give you the tools you need to be successful in the workplace.


Register Now!

Please contact the following hotels for special rates for SafetyFestMT participants:

To register as an exhibitor please use the contact information below.  Spaces are limited so don't wait! 

Please contact:

Casey Kyler-West at 406.444.5267 or 

Thank you for your support of SafetyFestMT!


Look for upcoming SafetyFest classes: 

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