April 22, 2015:  MCM Weekly Newsletter

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April 23 Missoula Safety Meeting 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
               Perkins Restaurant
               Speaker: Brian Smith, Garlington Lohn & Robinson
               Topic:  Transportation Law - Brian will be discussing the legal
                            requirements and aspects of our industry.  Bring your questions.

May 1   Fleet Safety, Leonard Eckel Scholarship,  TDC Entry & Release forms,
             TDC Sponsorship, TDC Volunteer forms due

May 2    2nd Annual SuperTech Competition
               Helena College, Helena, MT

May 7  Great Falls Safety Meeting, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
            Location:  HUB International
             Breaking down Worker's Compensation costs, what you can and cannot control
             Speakers  Dustin Klostermeier, HUB
             Battling the driver shortage & new hires - Speaker TBA
              Appetizers & beverages will be provided

May 13  Billings Safety Meeting, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
              Location:  TBA
              Speaker:  Bruce Holmes, FMCSA
              Topic:  Latest regulation news

June 20  Truck Driving Championships
               Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds
               Helena, MT

June 22-24 Summer Share The Road, Billings
July 15-17 RMRSR
                  Mountain View Ranch, ID
                  Refer to flyer below 
Federation of Trucking Associations
When you are a member of the Motor Carriers of Montana, you are part of a federation that includes 50 state trucking associations and industry related conferences and councils.  Altogether, these organizations make up the federation of the American Trucking Associations, which traces its origins to a meeting in Montana in 1933 between the American Highway Freight Association and the Federation Trucking Associations of America.  The Federation is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry.  For your convenience, here is a list of association and affiliates.
Wide Load Restrictions, Idaho Side of Lookout Pass on I-90
I-90 restrictions in both directions:  Road construction

Between Exit 67: Mill Street and The Montana State Line (4 miles east of the Mullan area). Road construction work is in progress. The roadway is reduced to one lane. Truck restrictions are in force.
Speed limit 45 MPH. Width limit 8'6".
Vehicle length limit 80 ft. Until September 20, 2016.

Comment: I-90 Mile Post 67.9 (Exit 67) to Mile Post 73.9 (Montana Border) a traffic revision will be in place April 20th. The Interstate will be reduced from four lanes down to two. The lanes will be separated by 42 inch tall concrete barriers which will restrict trucks with non-reducible loads to 8 feet 6 inches wide and 80 feet long due to off tracking of long trailers on the curves. Speed limit 45 miles per hour.
Last updated yesterday at 7:05am PDT

Check this web page for updates/Idaho, http://hb.511.idaho.gov/truckers.jsf


Call: 208-772-1200

Copy of Certified Birth Certificate Will Soon Be Required for CDL Renewal

Recently a friend posted on Facebook that her husband had been required to bring a copy of his birth certificate for his CDL renewal. I did not think that sounded right so I asked the Department of Justice for clarification and here is the answer.


Unfortunately it is correct.

This is part of the new regulations for the Commercial License Permit rule that takes full effect July 8, 2015.

383.71 requires proof of Citizenship or lawful permanent residency for CDL applicants, including CDL renewals.


We will not turn a renewal applicant away before July 8, 2015.  But, as of July 8, 2015 we will not be able to renew the driver without documents.


We are marking their driving record when we see their US citizenship papers.  They will not have to show their documents once their record has been marked them as a  US citizenship.


Patrick McJannet, Audit & CDL Section Supervisor

DOJ/MVD Operations & Customer Support Bureau

(406) 444-2001


JJ Keller Looking for Safety Professional of the Year

Neenah, WI - J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. and KellerOnline® safety management tool are accepting entries for the 2015 Safety Professional of the Year (SPOTY) award now through June 30, 2015. Three awards will be granted, totaling over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Winners will be notified by August 15, 2015.

Since 2002, J. J. Keller has recognized industry professionals who have demonstrated unique, engaging and effective approaches to their safety programs, awarding over $150,000 in cash and prizes through the Safety Professional of the Year award program. Year after year, top safety professionals from across the country, representing companies of all sizes and multiple industries, have entered for their chance to win this prestigious award.

To learn more about the 2015 SPOTY award and past winners, to read the official rules, and to find out how to enter, visit JJKeller.com/spoty

Federal Regulators Seek Additional Volunteers for Restart Study
Federal regulators are seeking additional volunteer truck drivers for a 34-hour restart study due to a shortage of drivers from various industry segments.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is still looking to "round out" the number of volunteer participants across the varied industry segments, fleet sizes and types of operations existing in the trucking industry, agency spokesman Duane DeBruyne said on April 21.

Originally, the researchers were hoping to have recruited all the drivers by March 31.

The goal of the congressionally mandated research calls for a balanced sample of at least 207 drivers
selected from small, medium and large carriers, and drivers from shorthaul, regional-haul and longhaul carriers, according to the study design.

In addition, researchers say they need a balanced sample of drivers from flatbed, refrigerated, dry van and tank industry segments.

The five-month study will include on-the-job research to compare fatigue and safety performance levels of drivers who take at least two nighttime rest periods during their 34-hour restart break to those who takeone nighttime rest period during their restart break.

The study's contractor, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, has been recruiting the drivers with assistance from trucking companies around the country.

Congress has suspended the restart provisions in the hours-of-service rule until Sept. 30, pending that FMCSA's study of whether the rule bolsters highway safety. Under the suspended restart rule, drivers must take a rest break between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on two consecutive days.

FMCSA has said it hopes to complete the study by the end of 2015.

Volunteer drivers for the study will be paid up to $2,166 for participating in the research. They will be required to drive a truck equipped with a camera facing inward and a camera facing the road to monitor driving patterns.

Drivers also must wear a wrist activity monitor, complete a five-minute health background survey and dedicate up to 30 minutes a day to complete sleep diary and caffeine log, perform smart-phone-based assessments and track hours-of-service using an electronic logging device.
2015 Event Applications
Any questions you may have regarding these events, please contact Katie at the MCM office, 406-442-6600 or katie@mttrucking.org

DUE MAY 1   


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