January 19, 2015:  MCM Weekly Newsletter

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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

Jan 26 Board Meeting
            Jorgensons Inn, Room 156, Helena
            12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Feb 10 Helena Safety Meeting
            11:30 - 12:30
            Speaker & Location TBD

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

Feb 17 Missoula Chapter Meeting
            12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
            Jokers Wild
            Speaker, Topic TBA

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May 2    2nd Annual SuperTech Competition
               Helena College, Helena, MT 
Illustrations for 2015 NTDC Pin
MCM is looking for your illustration ideas for this years National Truck Driving Championship pin.

These pins are provided to each of our TDC winners who then share with the other State contestants at Nationals.

If interested, please email your idea(s) to katie@mttrucking.org no later than February 6th.   
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 

ATA Names 19 to America's Road Team
WASHINGTON - American Trucking Associations named 19 truck drivers to represent the industry as the 2015-2016 America's Road Team.

The drivers, who will serve as Road Team Captains for two years, were selected from 31 finalists who competed this week before a panel of judges near ATA's Arlington, Va., headquarters.

"America's Road Team represents the best of what trucking can be: dedication to safety, professionand pride in an industry that delivers life's essentials every day," said ATA President Bill Graves.

"These 19 outstanding professionals join a select fraternity. Since 1986, America's Road Team has delivered the message of safety to millions, and I'm proud that these individuals will now be representingour industry," Graves said.

The competition tested drivers' knowledge of the trucking industry and communication skills, and reviewed their community service and safety records. The captains have 453 combined years of experience and have logged more than 30.3 million accident-free miles.

If you are interested in having one of your drivers as a member of the Road Team please contact Katie at the MCM office for more information.
Restart Study on Track to Start this Month

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is on track to launch its study of the 34-hour restart, said Martin Walker, chief of the agency's research division.


Walker said drivers and carriers are showing interest in participating in the naturalistic study that Congress ordered when it suspended the more restrictive restart that went into effect in 2013.


The 2013 rule said that if a driver takes a 34-hour restart he must take off two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., and that the restart could only be used once a week. FMCSA put that provision in place because it had research indicating that nighttime sleep provides better recuperation than daytime sleep.


At the urging of American Trucking Associations, Congress suspended the provision while the study is under way. ATA argued that the provision cuts productivity and does not improve safety.


Walker said the agency will let a contract for the study this month. The study will compare five months of experience by drivers operating under the more restrictive rule to those working under the current rule.

He said FMCSA is looking for drivers who routinely drive 60 to 70 hours a week, and at night, as well as carriers that will support those drivers.


The agency has set up a website that spells out the terms of the study and provides links for more information.

FMCSA to Seek Input on Increasing Minimum Insurance Levels
A MCM member now is the time to get involved in this issue not after the Government has told us what they are raising them to.

MCM believes that any raise must be based on sound information and facts, some of which points to a very small percentage of accidents reaching the current limits. Please comment using the following linkas soon as possible. http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FMCSA-2014-0211-0001

Instead of specifying a proposed minimum insurance level, the notice instead asks carriers and brokers to answer dozens of detailed questions - such as what they currently pay in premiums; whether rates are determined by driver, credit or safety history; and whether carriers get discounts for a certain number of vehicles in a fleet.

The ANPRM also asks: "What percentage of fleets, based on size and the type of operation of the carrier [passenger, property, hazmat] already have liability coverage that exceed the minimum financial responsibility requirement and by how much."

Currently, for most carriers the minimum coverage requirement is $750,000. Those specializing in hazardous materials must have either $1 million or $5 million depending on what they haul.

Those minimum levels, however, have been in place since 1985 and FMCSA said in April it would write a new insurance rule because "inflation has greatly increased medical claims costs and related expenses."

In the ANPRM the agency cited studies; among them one from Volpe Transportation Systems Center in
2013 that said severe crashes today typically result in more than $1 million in damages.

The agency will take comments ont he ANPRM for 90 days after the publication date.You must submit comments on or before February 26, 2015.

FMCSA is also seeking comments on issues besides the minimum levels of financial responsibility for motor carriers, it said in the ANPRM.

The agency wants more information from freight brokers on the implementation of the requirement that took effect last year that required them to have $75,000 in minimum liability coverage.
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 TGlen@mt.gov 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 bhardy@mt.gov 


Southwestern Montana Job Fair

March 25, 2015

Butte Montana

Location to be determined

Job Service Manager Butte Marilyn Ohman (406) 494-0300 mohman@mt.gov 


Bozeman Community Job Fair

April 8, 2015

Gallatin County Fairgrounds Bozeman, MT

Bozeman Job Service Contact Debbie Berg (406) 582-9200 dberg@mt.gov 

Bozeman Job Service Contact Debbie Berg (406) 582-9200 dberg@mt.gov 


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 cerickson@mt.gov 


Helena Community Job Fair

April 9 2015

Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Helena MT

Helena Job Service Contact Carol Rule (406) 447-3215 crule@mt.gov 


Flathead Valley Job Fair

April 16, 2015

Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell, MT

Flathead Job Service Contact Bill Gilbert (406) 758-6240 wgilbert@mt.gov 

or Roberta Diegel Business Resource Consultant Flathead Job Service (406) 758-6273 rdiegel@mt.gov 


North Western Montana's Largest Career Fair

April 21, 2015

Missoula, MT

Hilton Garden Inn

Missoula Job Service Contact Wolf Ametsbichler (406) 728-7060 wametsbichler@mt.gov 


Save The Date RMRSR 2015