The LMTA Foundation
Non-Profit IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status
After a year and many hours of work to finalize the application to the IRS, we are proud to announce that the LMTA Foundation has finally earned approval by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit entity affiliated with the Louisiana Motor Transport Association.
Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code. We are now qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under the IRS Code.
Two years ago, Cathy Gautreaux received a $10,000 award from J.J. Keller as the recipient of the ATA President’s Award given to a state trucking association executive. This award will now be deposited into the LMTA Foundation, which will be governed by a separate Board of Directors who will determine how the money will be used.
We look forward to building the Foundation and using it to benefit the trucking industry in Louisiana.
Fall Transportation Conference – Register Today! As announced last week, ATA Executive Vice President Dave Osiecki will join us at the LMTA Fall Transportation Conference along with a very informative lineup of speakers to address issues of importance to the trucking industry in Louisiana.
The annual 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. Click here to register for the conference: Fall Conference 1 Page Reg.
Credit Cards at Office of Motor Vehicles. The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) recently completed an aggressive 40-day initiative to install more than 400 credit card stations statewide. In the past, OMV customers had been required to pay for transactions using cash or were required to schedule a return visit to finalize their transactions. The OMV anticipates that the addition of credit card machines will improve convenience for customers.
ATRI “Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking”. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released the findings of its 2014 update to “An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking”. The research, which identifies trucking costs from 2008 through 2013 derived directly from fleets’ financial and operational data, provides motor carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with real world data for future infrastructure improvement analyses.
Goodyear Seeking Nominations for Highway Hero. Goodyear Tire is accepting nominations for its Highway Hero program which honors truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Nominations for its 32nd North America Highway Hero Award run through November 29 on the Goodyear Highway Hero webpage. Nominees must be full-time truck drivers in the U.S. or Canada who performed their heroic act from November 16, 2013, to November 16, 2014. The nominee has to have been on the job at the time of the incident driving a truck with at least 12 wheels in the U.S. or Canada.
Indiana Toll Road Operator Goes Bust. In 2006, Indiana leased the Indiana Toll Road for 75 years to a syndicate of banks based in Australia and Spain. The state received a payment up front of $3.8 billion. Last Sunday, the company formed by the banks filed for bankruptcy, done in, according to press reports, by its initial optimistic traffic estimates and its heavy load of debt.
Illinois Bans Ticket Quotas. By 2014 legislation, Illinois has prohibited any state, county, or local law enforcement agency from requiring any of its employees to issue a certain number of traffic citations in a given period, or to evaluate an employee’s performance on the basis of any ticket quotas.
IRS Reports HVUT Fraud Case. The federal Internal Revenue Service reports the indictment of a woman in Florida for fraudulent handling of payments of the federal heavy vehicle use tax. Over several years, or so it’s reported, the woman accepted HVUT payments from motor carriers by way of checks made out to her rather than to the government, and marked the carriers’ Form 2290s with a counterfeit IRP stamp and kept their payments.
FMCSA: HOS Compliance Paperwork Burden. FMCSA recently issued a Notice and Request for Comments on the agency’s plan to revise and extend an Information Collection Request (ICR) entitled, “Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers Regulations.”
PHMSA NPRM: “Reverse Logistics” Regulatory Relief. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration recently issued a notice in the Federal Register extending the docket for comments about its reverse logistics notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
“Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money & America’s Transportation Future”. Transportation departments nationwide must consider driving trends when investing in major projects, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group education fund recommended in a report identifying nearly a dozen instances of what it claims to be wasteful spending.
J.J. Keller: New CME Verification Service. J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has developed a new National Registry Verification Service to assist motor carriers in verifying that the medical examiners performing physical exams on their drivers are officially qualified to do so.
For subscribers to the new service, J. J. Keller’s team manages the entire verification process, which begins when they receive a driver’s medical card from the carrier.
Motor carriers can learn more about the National Registry Verification Service — available as part of J. J. Keller’s Driver Qualification and DQ Platinum® services — online at JJKellerservices.com or by calling 888-473-4638.