July 13, 2015:  MCM Weekly Newsletter

Our Sponsors





July 15-17    RMRSR  
                     Mountain View Ranch, ID

Sept 8-10      76th Annual MCM Convention
                      Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula

Sept 16           Driver Appreciation Day 
ATA Invites Fleets to Participate in Safety Expenditure Study

ATA invites all for-hire and private motor carriers to take part in the 2015 Safety Expenditure Study.  The purpose of this project is to quantify the industry's annual investment in safety practices.  The results of the study will also be used to develop a safety cost benchmark toolkit for carriers to evaluate company expenditures with their peer groups.


The 2015 study is the first of its kind and addresses cost concerns such as driver drug testing, driver safety incentives, employee driver safety training, on-board safety technology, safety staff compensation & consultant fees.


We need your participation to ensure an accurate representation of today's trucking industry!  In return for your participation in the study, you will receive:

  • A complimentary copy of the cost benchmark toolkit to be published later this year; and
  • An invitation to a participant-only, free of charge webinar to discuss the results of the study and answer your questions.

To Participate: download the survey at trck.ng/safetystudy and return the completed form to Laurel Leitner, Economics Research Assistant, at LLeitner@trucking.org, no later than July 31, 2015.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Laurel or call (703) 838-1935.


Please note that all data collected will be held in the strictest confidence.  No individual company's data will be released; all data will be aggregated by operations type; and no individual carrier will be identifiable.  For those wishing to enter into a non-disclosure agreement, please see the Safety Expenditure Study web page at trck.ng/safetystudy.

New Tank Endorsement Requirement Took Effect July 8
FMCSA's new definition for a tank vehicle, and requirements for which drivers need tank endorsements, goes into effect on July 8, 2015. Under the new rule, any vehicle transporting bulk tanks with 1,000 or more gallons of total capacity is designated as a tank vehicle. To determine whether or not a vehicle qualifies, carriers should add up the total capacity of all bulk tanks on the vehicle. Bulk tanks are defined as those holding more than 119 gallons. These include portable tanks, intermediate bulk containers, cylinders, and other portable tanks that traditionally did not require a tank endorsement. Empty tanks and those containing only residue can be ignored. If the total capacity is 1,000 gallons or more, the vehicle is a tank vehicle and can be operated only by a driver with a tank endorsement. Although some states started enforcing this new definition as early as July 2011, all States must adhere to the new definition on July 8. ATA petitioned FMCSA to adopt a definition that would not cover portable tanks and FMCSA has an open rulemaking considering ATA's proposal. Unfortunately, FMCSA is not expected to finalize that rule before the tank definition takes effect on July 8. For more information, contact Boyd Stephenson at bstephenson@trucking.org.
Truck Driver Appreciation

TO:            MCM Members

FROM:      Barry Stang



The MCM sponsored Truck Driver Appreciation events will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the westbound and eastbound Mossmain scale between Billings and Laurel and Muralt's Truck Stop in Missoula. This annual event will provide lots of great food and prizes.


Any MCM member interested in helping with this event may do so by completing the bottom of this sheet and returning it to the MCM office. Sponsors will be recognized on a banner at each location, on a flyer presented to each truck driver, and in our monthly newsletter.

If you are interested in helping sponsor this event, please respond to our office ASAP, in order to have your name on the banners.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the MCM office at 406-442-6600.


Please return this form to the MCM office by August 24, 2015 to ensure banner and newsletter placement.


You may also be contacted by the local Safety Management chapters for contributions.
They will notify MCM to make sure recognition is given.



_____ YES, I would like to help sponsor the Driver Appreciation events:

            $ ญญญญญญญญญญญญ____________

            Other (items): _________________________________________ 





________ Yes or No  


COMPANY NAME: ____________________________________  
PHONE: ____________________

COMPANY ADDRESS: _________________________________         
EMAIL:   ____________________

CONTACT: ___________________________________________

Please email to katie@mttrucking.org, fax to MCM at (406) 443-4281 or mail to 501 North Sanders, Suite 201, Helena, MT 59601                                                                      

July Driver of the Month Nominations

We are now accepting driver of the month applications for July 2015. You may download an application from our webpage at www.mttrucking.org on our Home Page under the Driver of the Month tab.

All applications must be in by Friday, July 31 at 8:00 a.m.

Nominations For MCM Dedicated Service Award & Volunteer Award

We are accepting nominations for our Dedicated Service Award and Volunteer Award via a letter of nomination spelling out why person is deserving. The dedicated service award & volunteer award are for anyone you'd like to nominate who you feel has shown dedication or has given their time throughout the year within their company and/or MCM services. 

This only needs to be a short 1-2 paragraph nomination.  There is no official application for this

Nominations to MCM office by August 3, 2015.


Please email to katie@mttrucking.org