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CDL Medical Certificate – Sleep Study Issue

     We continue to hear from companies with drivers who were recently denied renewal of their Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) because of their BMI or neck size. One driver was told by the doctor that “USDOT requires a sleep study for anyone weighing over 250 lbs.”  His sleep study is on August 23 and his certificate expires on August 24. He started this process in May! This driver will likely be out of work with a wife and 3 kids and a great safety record. 

     We encourage trucking companies to review the upcoming renewal dates for their drivers’ CDLs and be prepared for the sleep study requirement if they have a BMI of 35 or higher and/or they have a 17 inch neck size. There could be a 2-3 month waiting period for a sleep study in some areas.

     LMTA is partnering with ATA to reach out to Congress to address this issue.  We must make them aware of the dire consequences of a subjective application of a rule that has not yet been promulgated by Congress. This will only worsen the already serious driver shortage. If you know of a driver that has been denied renewal of his CDL until he participates in a sleep study, please notify the LMTA office. 

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.  Plan now for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 14-20, 2014! Take the time to honor your professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. ATA opened a new online store for NTDAW merchandise but all merchandise must be ordered by July 28! Go to the NTDAW store at www.shumskyideas.com/ntdaw, which features quality merchandise that is able to be co-branded at great low prices! 

Annual Convention Backup Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express! Additional hotel rooms for the LMTA Annual Convention are still available at the Holiday Inn Express Fairhope, 19751 South Greeno Road in Fairhope, Alabama – which is only 15 minutes from the Grand Hotel. The room rate is $90 single/double and is available until July 24, 2014.  Contact the Holiday Inn Express Fairhope directly by phone at  (251) 928-9191, by fax at (251) 990-7824 or by email at reservations@hiefairhope.com.  Use Group Code “LTA” for the LMTA group rate. Before you cancel any hotel rooms, please call the LMTA office so we can offer it to one of our attendees! 

74th Annual LMTA Convention Program. The LMTA Annual Convention will be held on July 31-August 2, 2014 at the Marriott Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa in Point Clear, Alabama!  As in the past, we will be going back to Oak Hollow Farm for an old fashioned family barbeque complete with horseback riding and a petting zoo – and the $2500 Reverse Raffle!   Advance Registration Form – 1 pg!    


Duane Long, ATA 1st Vice Chairman – “National Issues Update”

Bob Costello, ATA Economist – “Trucking Economic Update”

Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President – “The Latest in Trucking Research”

Royal Roth, UPS Public Affairs – “The Political Climate in D.C.”

Stephen Waguespack, LABI President – “2014 Legislative Session Recap”

Doug Williams, LMTA General Counsel – “Legal Challenges for Trucking”

“Warranty Repair Veto – Now What?”

Brit Brown, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P. (Freightliner)

Eric Henning, General Motors

Jake Jacoby, Truck Rental & Leasing Assn.

Lessie House, LA Motor Vehicle Commission (Invited) 

National Haz-Mat Route Registry. FMCSA has published a new National Hazardous Materials Route Registry covering routes where states have restricted all or some classes of hazardous materials and radioactive materials (HRCQ, RAM). The Route Registry covers both mandatory assigned routes for haz-mat shipments and routes where hazardous materials are restricted.

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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