August 17, 2015:  MCM Weekly Newsletter

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Sept 8    Board of Directors Meeting
              Salon A - Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula
              12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sept 8     Safety Council Meeting
               Salon A - Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula
               3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sept 9-10      76th Annual MCM Convention
                      Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula

Sept 16           Driver Appreciation Day 
Convention Registration Materials Now Available

Motor Carriers of Montana 76th Annual Convention

We would like to invite you to our 76th Annual Convention September 8-10 in Missoula "The Garden City".  This will be a great opportunity to visit with leaders in the industry from around the country and Montana. This networking opportunity gives you a needed break from the daily grind and the opportunity to network and compare notes with your peers.  MCM has provided a great venue of educational sessions as well as an opportunity for golfing one of Western Montana's best kept secret, The Ranch Club.  For those non-golfers Jyl has again put together a great opportunity to tour some of Missoula's best kept secrets in addition to lunch at one of Montana's newest microbreweries, The Lolo Peak Brewing Company. It will all end with a BBQ and fun and games at the Ranch Club golf course.  Hope to see you there.
Mike O'Dore                                                                        Barry "Spook" Stang
MCM President, Diversified Transfer and Storage          MCM Executive Vice President
MCM Receives Moving Letter

Industry Asked to Rank Top Concerns
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry's not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2015 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The survey is in its 11th year and participation by trucking stakeholders has grown each year.

"In complex times like this it is critical that we do our part to help ensure a thriving future for the trucking industry," said ATA Chairman Duane Long, Chairman of Longistics. "With your participation, we can speak with a collective industry voice on the issues most important to us." The results of the 2015 survey will be released at the ATA Annual Management Conference and Exhibition, to be held October 17-20, 2015 in Philadelphia.

Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey from the website by clicking
here .
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.

DOT Analysis of HOS Rule Gets Mixed Review in Audit
A Government Accountability Office audit on statistical methodology at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave the agency mixed grades on its assessment of drivers' hours of service and suggested that mandatory electronic logging might one day be used to gain better understanding of how drivers operate.

The July 29 report from GAO, a congressional agency, said FMCSA "followed most generally accepted research standards" but also that it "did not completely meet certain research standards, such as reporting limitations and linking the conclusions to the results."

Susan Fleming, a GAO director, led the 13-month audit, which was completed in July.

GAO approved of FMCSA's performance on choosing valid and reliable measures for evaluations, using quality-control standards to identify data inconsistencies or errors and reporting results and analysis that could be supported by data.

The partial approvals covered using a methodology that would support accomplishing the study's
objectives and reporting conclusions linked to results.

For the final standard, reporting the study's limitations, including their potential effect on results, GAO said FMCSA did not follow that practice.

For 18 months - from July 2013 through December 2014 - FMCSA required through HOS that drivers include 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on consecutive days when they used the restart provision. The use of restart was also capped at once per week, or 168 hours.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx welcomed the GAO audit, saying it "provides further evidence that the changes FMCSA made to the HOS rules improve highway safety" by saving lives and lowering the risk of driver fatigue.

ATA responded the next day, saying that the DOT statement ignored the bulk of the report, "choosing instead to cherry-pick a handful of points in a desperate effort to influence lawmakers."

Dave Osiecki, ATA chief of advocacy, said, "It is unfortunate that rather than present an accurate and balanced characterization of the GAO report, FMCSA is once again living in Spin City."

As for how to examine HOS restart now, the audit was not optimistic.

"Due to current data limitations, it is not possible to fully evaluate the rule's impact. For example, our analysis suggests that the rule may have affected a larger population of drivers than FMCSA anticipated, but without representative data there is no way to be certain this is universally the case," the audit said.

Paper logs make it difficult to gather driving information on a national scale.

But FMCSA's final rule on electronic-logging devices, expected by Sept. 30, could lead to substantial amounts of data, though designing such a project would be challenging, the report said.

GAO offered recommendations to Congress and DOT. The report urged consideration of directing DOT to study and provide a report identifying approaches for extracting, storing and analyzing electronically collected drivers' schedule data. Such a report should include the potential benefits, privacy and cost concerns for how such issues could be mitigated, the report said.

DOT, the audit said, should help ensure that FMCSA's future studies follow generally accepted research standards. The department's secretary should direct FMCSA to adopt guidance outlining research standards for designing, analyzing and reporting the results of scientific research.
ERG 2016

Every four years a new edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) becomes available.
The 2016 ERG is now available on pre-sell and expected to ship in Spring 2016. Because this is a HOT item for our hazmat-hauling customers, and information must be in hand for firefighters, police and other emergency personnel who are first on the scene of an incident involving hazardous materials, we want to make sure they reserve their copies from us TODAY!  
I urge you to let your members know that we are offering special pre-sale pricing now through October 31, 2015.  
All product codes have been turned on and they are listed below and you can view special pre-sell pricing at the link below.   
2016 Emergency Response Guidebooks
o 2016 pocket size ERG: 47045
o 2016 pocket size ERG (Spiral): 47046 - New
o 2016 standard size ERG: 47041
o 2016 standard size ERG (Spiral): 47042
o 2016 standard size ERG (Spanish): 47044
Note: We have expanded our ERG offering by adding a spiral bound pocket size ERG!!

Don't forget to register for the
2015 Governor's Conference in Missoula, Montana.
September 23 - 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn

Register now for the 60th annual Governor's Conference on Workers' Compensation
and Occupational Health.   
The early bird rate of $199.00 ends August 31, 2015

Rates increase to $249.00 September 1, 2015. 
No refunds or substitutions will be allowed after rates increase.

Visit our website to register and for more information. 
If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Carissa Jones
If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Peter Van Nice

If you have questions regarding the conference, please feel free to contact either 
Kristie Wolter at  or Shanna Swigert at

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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.



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