US 90 Railroad Crossing Exemption
Mandated stop for trucks caused numerous fatalities
On February 21, 2017, LADOTD issued a report recommending the installation of “EXEMPT” signs at the railroad spur crossing on US 90 in Iberia Parish that is owned and maintained by the Patoutville Sugar Mill.
Certain vehicles are required to stop at the railroad crossing as required by CFR 49.392.10. However, the regulation does allow for an exemption if the crossing is marked as “EXEMPT” with signs “erected only by or with the consent of the appropriate state or local authority.”
As detailed in the report, a crash analysis revealed twenty (20) crashes on US 90 occurring from vehicles stopping at the railroad spur crossing in a 3 year period. Of the twenty crashes, 15 were rear-ends, and 2 were run-off-the-road type crashes from vehicles avoiding rear-ends. Eighteen of the crashes occurred when there was no train present and the active warning lights for the railroad were not flashing. There were no reported collisions with trains during the warning period.
Upon approval of the Chief Engineer, LADOTD will install the signs necessary to post the crossing as “EXEMPT”. It was also recommended that “BE PREPARED TO STOP” signs be installed on mast arms with flashing warning beacons for both directions of US 90. A copy of the report is attached to this newsletter.
2017 Truck Driving Championships. For the first time in 31 years, the 2017 LMTA Truck Driving Championships were rained out due to hail, lighting and rain! The 104 Louisiana drivers who participated in the competition represented over 161 million accident free miles! At the LMTA Safety Banquet on Saturday night, Johnny Holland of Associated Grocers was recognized as the LMTA Driver of the Year. Richard Gibbs, FedEx Freight won the Mechanics Award for having the highest pre-trip inspection score. Demond Washington, Old Dominion Freight Line won the Rookie of the Year Award for having the highest overall score among the 19 rookies in the competition. XPO Logistics won the Team Trophy and Richard Gibbs, FedEx Freight was the Grand Champion for having the highest overall score for all of the drivers in the completion. First place winners in the competition will represent LMTA and the state of Louisiana in the ATA National Truck Driving Championships on August 8-12 in Orlando.
Winners of the 2017 LMTA Truck Driving Championships
(Click here for TDC PHOTOS: johnballance.net/tdc)
1st Place – Corey Mitchell – Shreveport – FedEx Freight
2nd Place – Michael Brian – Bossier City – FedEx Freight
3rd Place – Abraham Fisher – Metairie – FedEx Freight
3 Axle Van
1st Place – Henry Bruster – Woodville, MS – UPS Freight
2nd Place – Eric Courville – Breaux Bridge – FedEx Freight
3rd Place – James Maxwell, Jr. – Shreveport – XPO Logistics
4 Axle Van
1st Place – Mark Stevenson – Zachary – YRC Worldwide
2nd Place – Ricky Critney – Addis – Martin Brower
3rd Place – Xavier Theriot – Shreveport – FedEx Freight
5 Axle Van
1st Place – Leslie Gamble – Bossier City – FedEx Freight
2nd Place – Glen Winston – Mandeville – C&S Grocers
3rd Place – Louis Scaruffi – Kenner – C & S Grocers
5 Axle Tank
1st Place – Curtis McMellon – West Monroe – XPO Logistics
2nd Place – Kyle Mitchell – Baton Rouge – FedEx Freight
3rd Place – Raymond Acosta – Baton Rouge – Ergon Trucking
5 Axle Flatbed
1st Place – Joseph Vital – Port Allen – FedEx Freight
2nd Place – Larry Smith – Baton Rouge – XPO Logistics
3rd Place – Kenneth Fabacher – Iota – Walmart
1st Place – Richard Gibbs – Shreveport – FedEx Freight
2nd Place – Mark Judson – Maurice – FedEx Freight
3rd Place – Jerry Farmer – Ida – XPO Logistics
1st Place – Johnnie Long – West Monroe – Walmart
2nd Place – Chad Rudesill – Hammond – FedEx Ground
3rd Place – James Taylor – Shreveport – FedEx Freight
1st Place – Leroy Williams – Zachary – XPO Logistics
2nd Place – Donald Williams – West Monroe – FedEx Ground
3rd Place – Robin Butler – Baton Rouge – FedEx Ground
Rookie of the Year:
Old Dominion Freight Line
Trump in a Truck! Last week, members of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), along with a contingent of America’s Road Team Captains – ATA’s group of elite professional drivers – visited the White House for a conversation about issues affecting the trucking industry, including health care. ATA was privileged to bring its Image Truck – Interstate One – and a trailer provided by Jet Express featuring Trucking Moves America Forward imaging, hauled by ATA’s Share the Road Truck, which President Donald Trump climbed up into and blew the horn. After greeting the President and Vice President, Mike Pence, the group met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office to discuss health care policy as well as infrastructure spending.
Safety Fitness Determination Proposal Withdrawn. Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published in the Federal Register a notice of withdrawal of the agency’s proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule issued in early 2016. In the proposal, FMCSA had sought to use data from the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program to make monthly determinations about whether or not a carrier should be allowed to continue to operate.
ATA: Release Hair Testing Guidelines. On March 20, ATA’s Chris Spear sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price calling for the federal government to quickly release guidelines for the use of hair specimen in mandatory drug testing of truck drivers. The letter focuses on HHS’s failure “to issue scientific and technical guidelines for hair testing” by the December 4, 2016 deadline, as required under section 5402 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act – FAST Act.
2017 Seafood Gala Sponsorship Opportunities. New sponsorships opportunities are available for the 2017 LMTA Seafood Gala on April 22, 2017 at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans!! Reach over 850 trucking industry professionals and friends with recognition throughout the event with signage, a personalized banner at the specific stations, and in LMTA OPEN ROAD magazine coverage after the event. Call the LMTA office to reserve one of the following:
#1 – Ice Cream Sundae Bar – Most popular!
#2 – Photo booth Sponsor (Your logo on photo backdrop) – SOLD
#3 – Lucky Dog Cart (NEW this Year!) – SOLD
#4 – Music & Cracklins (Logo on paper bags. Such a big hit last year, we are doubling the amount of cracklins on each table!) – SOLD
#5 – Gala Refreshments (Beer, water, soft drinks)
LMTA Seafood Gala * April 22 * Sugar Mill * New Orleans. It will be here before you know it! The official brochure will be coming to you shortly so you can reserve your tickets and get the best seats in the house! As always, you and your guests will enjoy hot boiled crawfish, fried fish, jambalaya, and ice cream sundaes. Last year we added Cajun cracklins to the menu…and this year we are adding an authentic Lucky Dog hotdog cart!
HOTELS. The Royal Sonesta rooms are limited but the Hyatt Centric French Quarter and the Omni Riverside Hotel (3 blocks from the event and the French Quarter) have rooms available! NOTE: All discounted rooms at these hotels must be reserved through Dana in the LMTA office no later than March 21.
TICKETS. Use the attached Advance Ticket reservation form to reserve your seats now. We will mail them via certified mail on April 10th. Click here for the Gala Advance Ticket Reservation Form.
SPONSORSHIPS. With over 850 people expected to attend, our allied industry partners can benefit from the unique sponsorship opportunities available for the event. Call the LMTA office for more information!
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LMTA Annual Sponsors!
Calling all Annual Sponsors to sign
up for 2017 events!
Annual Sponsorship Form
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Motor Carrier Emergency Relief Information. Motor carriers and drivers providing direct emergency relief to, from or within the areas covered by the declarations are temporarily relieved from Parts 390-399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including hours of service, regardless of commodity carried. Drivers are still required to have the proper operating license and must drive in a safe and prudent manner. More information on waivers can be found on FMCSA’s Web site by going to https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency.
State Declaration: http://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/EmergencyProclamations/111-JBE-2016-State-of-Emergency-Heavy-Flooding.pdf
Federal Declaration: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277
Go to the LMTA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TruckinginLA/ for more immediate updates on road closures and other information. Call the LMTA office if you need assistance of any kind.
Tax Extensions Available for Flood Victims. State tax extensions are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business and critical tax records are located in areas of the state declared federal disaster areas following recent storms and flooding.
At this time, there are 20 parishes designated as federal disaster areas. If additional parishes are added to the federal disaster declaration, they will receive the same relief.
For more information, including the complete list of taxes eligible for filing and payment extensions, read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter.
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2017 LMTA Calendar of Events
Sandestin Beach Hilton
Fall Transportation Conference
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
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2016 LMTA Annual Convention
Visit this website for photos from the 2016 Annual Convention: http://www.johnballance.net/f525353412
2016 LMTA Seafood Gala
Visit this website for Photos from the 2016 Gala: http://www.johnballance.net/p278451560#h70174103
75th Annual Convention
Visit this website for photos from the 2015 Annual Convention
Louisiana Press Association
SPECIAL OFFER to LMTA Members!
The Louisiana Press Association’s Louisiana Statewide Classified Advertising Network allows advertisers to run a 25 word classified ad in over 100 newspapers statewide for only $265 per week. The Network is made up of three regions (North, Southwest and Southeast). Ads can also be placed on a regional basis for $175 for one region and $200 for any two regions, or statewide for $265. We are offering a 20% discount to any LMTA member that places an ad in the network. That would make the prices for LMTA members – one region for $140/week, any two regions for $160/week and statewide for $212/week. Additionally, if an advertiser pre-pays for a four week run they will receive a fifth week for free.
For more information or to place an ad, please contact Mike at the Louisiana Press Association at 225-344-9309, ext. 106 or at email@example.com. Be sure to identify yourself as an LMTA member when calling or emailing.