The public needs to be aware of a proposed new administrative rule that may become effective Nov. 17. It affects anyone advertising on any kind of vehicle or trailer. It could be devastating to trucking companies with one or more trucks, every business owner who has their name, logo or any other markings on their vehicle for advertising, or sign and printing companies, etc.
A vehicle becomes in violation when it is parked for any length of time visible from any "controlled route," which generally includes all main entrance roads to cities and towns in Montana. You can read the rule for yourself at www.mtrules.org/gateway/ShowNoticeFile.asp?TID=1485.
If you park your vehicle with your business name printed on the side at Wal-Mart in Laurel, you will be illegal. If you're a contractor with your name on your pickup and working at the new Cabela's store in Billings, you are illegal. Pizza delivery cars, beer trucks, over-the-road trucks and furniture delivery vans are all illegal if it is parked and visible from a main highway.
Highway department personnel will tell you that it is not their intent to issue fines or tow away all vehicles that are in violation, but it is up to their discretion. So if they like you or your business, you probably will not be harassed, but if they don't … well, you can only imagine.
Call the Montana Department of Transportation at 406-444-6200 and let them know this is unacceptable.