Montana Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Montana Commuting: What you need to know

Montana has no law or state program that attempts to reduce employee commuting under ordinary circumstances. However, in the case of a gasoline shortage or “supply alert,” Montana has a number of regulations to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads (MT Code Sec. 90-4-309).
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"Supply Alert" requirements. In the case of a gasoline shortage, the governor has emergency powers to request that employers implement self-designed conservation programs aimed at reducing their employees' use of automobiles by 10 percent and adopt incentives for employees not to drive to work alone (MT Admin. Rule Sec. 14.8.106). The governor may also request that employees use public transportation, carpool and vanpool, and walk or bicycle when possible.
Public employees. In the case of a gasoline shortage, the governor may implement any or all of the following mandates requiring all state agencies to reduce gasoline consumption, measured in gallons, by a percentage determined by the governor in comparison with the same month in the previous year. Each state agency and local government shall report monthly gas consumption. Heads of state agencies may stagger their employees' work hours to reduce traffic congestion, especially in Helena, and encourage the use of public transportation and creation of carpools and vanpools.
Information on a variety of commuting options, including vanpools, bus and trolley routes, intercity trains, and bicycle and pedestrian programs is available from the Montana Department of Transportation's Transit Section at 406-444-4210 or by going online to
Carpooling. The Take Another Way, State Employees (TAWSE) program ...

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