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2015-16 LMTA Officers

LMTA Leadership

The following individuals were elected by acclamation as the 2015-16 Officers of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association:

Greg Morrison        Quality Transport             Chairman of the Board

                               Bossier City

Terry Warren          Aeropres Corporation       President


John Austin              Bengal Transportation        1st Vice President


Andy Guinn              PAI Material Handling         2nd Vice President


Judy Smart               Roadrunner Towing           VP – At large

                                     & Recovery

                                Baton Rouge

Steve Sievert           Southern Tire Mart               Secretary


Sam Lampo             Quality Transport                 Treasurer

                                Baton Rouge

Kary Bryce              Preferred Materials              ATA Vice President


These officers will be installed on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the 75th Annual LMTA Convention at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.  To register or reserve a hotel room, please see the links on the email version of this newsletter or call the LMTA office.

$2,500 Reverse Raffle!  Remember to purchase your $50 reverse raffle ticket today for a chance to go home with an extra $2500! Only 100 tickets will be sold during the LMTA Annual Convention at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort on July 23-25, 2015. See the attached information on the fantastic lineup of speakers this year! You should have received the convention brochure, but you can still register with the attached forms. The hotel is still accepting reservations at the LMTA Group rate! Call the LMTA office if you need assistance.

T-HUD Appropriations Bill – Truck Provisions.  On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Senate Appropriations committee approved the FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill (THUD). The $55.65 billion in discretionary spending provided by the Senate legislation is a $1.88 billion increase compared to FY2015, but still $7 billion below President Obama’s budget request.

     Hours of Service. While the Senate version varies slightly from the House approved THUD bill (H.R. 2577), they each contain language that further restricts enforcement of the hours-of-service restart provisions.

     Twin 33s. The bill allows the LTL segment to operate twin-33’ trailers compared to the current 28’ length restriction currently in place and contains language that directs the US DOT to conduct a study comparing crash data between 28’ and 33’ truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer configuration within three years after enactment.

     Liability Insurance. The Senate THUD bill also included a watered down version of the house language that inhibits FMCSA from raising the $750,000 minimum level of insurance for motor carriers hauling passengers and property (i.e. non HAZMAT), which will be resolved in conference.

     The Senate bill also includes several trucking provisions not addressed by the House.

New Tank Endorsement Effective July.  FMCSA’s new definition for a tank vehicle, and requirements for which drivers need tank endorsements, goes into effect in July 2015. Under the new rule, any vehicle transporting bulk tanks with 1,000 or more gallons of total capacity is designated as a tank vehicle. Although some states started enforcing this new definition as early as July 2011, all States must adhere to the new definition in July 2015.

Electronic Logging Device Final Rule.  The Final Rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices was sent in June from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to the Office of Secretary of Transportation. The rule will mandate the use of electronic logging devices by truck operators who are required to keep records of duty status.

FMCSA Proposed Rule: Certification Labels on Trucks/Trailers.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require FMVSS Certification Labels (Plaques) on all tractors, trailers, dollies, chassis’ straight trucks, vocational trucks and glider kits operated in the US by US domiciled carriers in interstate commerce. Current regulations require that carriers ensure the vehicles are equipped with the appropriate safety equipment and NHTSA requires manufactures to certify that the vehicle meets appropriate safety standards.  

     This proposed rule will continue the requirements of the carrier and manufacturer but a specific paragraph in the rule will mean the enforcement community will inspect for such label and certificate. It also means a CSA line for violations. If the label is missing the carrier must acquire a letter from the manufacturer that the vehicle was properly manufactured.

 Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin

for more information on these stories…

2015 LMTA Calendar of Events

 75th Annual LMTA Convention

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

July 23-25, 2015

Destin, Florida

National Truck Driving Championships

August 11-15, 2015

St. Louis, Missouri

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 13-19, 2015

LMTA Call on Washington

September 28-30, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Fall Transportation Conference

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

November 18-19, 2015


Louisiana Press Association


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 mike@lapress.com.  Be sure to identify yourself as an LMTA member when calling or emailing.



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