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Misleading Poll on Truck Safety 

ATA Urges Rejection of Push Poll on Hours of Service

Recently a number of highway safety groups held a media briefing via conference call releasing survey results conducted by Lake Research Partners showing “overwhelming public opposition, 80 percent, to Congress raising the number of hours a semi-truck driver is allowed to work in a week.”  The discussion also focused on the amendment offered by Senator Collins on hours of service.

November 4 Election Early Voting: October 21-28.  Early voting is scheduled for October 21-28 for the November 4 primary election. Download the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app for registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots and polling place information. There are more than 2,400 candidate races, 108 propositions and 14 constitutional amendments statewide, so studying your ballot ahead of Election Day will be critical. For more information, visit www.GeauxVote.com. 

LA/MS Joint Vehicle Inspection – Safety Meeting.  The LMTA Safety Management Council along with the Mississippi Safety Management Council held a joint vehicle inspection at the Kentwood scales on Thursday, October 16th.   

     We had a record turnout and would like to thank all of the LMTA & MTA SMC members who participated.  Special thanks for Cash Magic for allowing us to use their facilities for our meeting and for sponsoring the breakfast! Members from Louisiana State Police, Weights & Standards and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) addressed the group.   

Transportation of Ebola Infected Materials.  The FMCSA and PHMSA are overseeing and permitting carriers for the transport of infected materials. The trucking industry is very important to responding to health emergencies – be they Ebola or other outbreaks. It is important for the industry to be protected as it delivers life-saving medical supplies, food, fuel and other goods.  

     While Ebola is a very deadly virus, it is only a threat to those who have had direct contact with infected people or items that have been exposed to infected bodily fluids.  

     Truck drivers and transportation workers can prevent the spread of the contagion by avoiding contact with infected persons or materials, but also by practicing good hygiene: washing hands, using alcohol-based sanitizers, covering mouths when they cough, etc.  

     Also, while the threat of exposure to Ebola is low, the threat of other infectious diseases is not. The CDC estimates that as many as 49,000 people die annually from the seasonal flu or related complications. ATA encourages drivers and other transportation workers to get a flu vaccine, while a flu shot doesn’t ensure a person won’t get the flu, it does protect against the most common strains of the virus. 

Interstate Liability Insurance Limits.  The American Trucking Associations (ATA) advises that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will soon issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on the issue of minimum public liability insurance limits.

I-10 Pearl River Bridge Lane Closures.  Reminder! There will be alternating lane closures of I-10 Eastbound and Westbound at the Pearl River Bridge through October while Mississippi DOT crews perform joint repair work on the bridge.   

Health Plan Identifier Deadline. Large health plans, including employer-sponsored group health plans, are required to obtain a unique Health Plan Identifier (“HPID”) by the fast approaching deadline.  

LMTA 2014 Fall Transportation Conference – November 19-20.  The LMTA Fall Transportation Conference will be held on November 19-20, 2014 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.  As in the past, we have invited a representative of the state and federal agencies that impact truck operations to give you an update on current issues and events related to their office. We will also be offering our allied industry an opportunity to promote their goods and services with table-top exhibits inside the meeting room to maximize their exposure to participants 

Reserve your hotel room at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street, in Baton Rouge directly with the hotel at 800-955-6962. The rate is $119 Single/Double using the LMTA Group Code:  LMTA.  Please use the attached form to register for the conference.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:  Fall Conference 1 Page Reg  

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Louisiana Motor Transport Association, Inc.
4838 Bennington Avenue | P.O. Box 80278 | Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: 225-928-5682 | Fax: 225-928-0500