BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On December 24, 2015, the Department of Transportation published MAR Notice No. 18-157 pertaining to the proposed amendment of the above-stated rules at page 2205 of the 2015 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 24.
2. The department has amended the above-stated rules as proposed.
3. The department has thoroughly considered the comments received. A summary of the comments received and the department's responses are as follows:
COMMENT #1: One comment was received stating Montana has too many safety rules, and the MDT officers issue too many citations. The comment stated MDT should make its rules less stringent and reduce the number of restrictions.
RESPONSE #1: MDT proposed the rule amendments to address safety concerns expressed internally within MDT and externally from motor carriers, the pilot car industry, and the public. The rule amendments also updated CFR citations and addressed a 2015 Legislative change for allowable speed limits. The rule amendments were therefore necessary for safety of the traveling public, which could not be accomplished through fewer or less stringent safety rules.
/s/ Carol Grell Morris /s/ Michael T. Tooley
Carol Grell Morris Michael T. Tooley
Rule Reviewer Director
Department of Transportation
Certified to the Secretary of State February 8, 2016.