Katrina 10 Year Anniversary
Hurricane Danny Threatens Gulf during Katrina Anniversary Week
Ten years ago, we had no idea what was to come and how the week’s events would forever change our lives. Katrina hit the Gulf Coast with a vengeance on the eastern side of the state…and Rita soon followed on the western side of the state.
Like any significant event, Louisianans and the nation will remember Katrina as the storm of the century – the misery of the victims, the response of the state and the nation…and the impact on national politics.
What I am most proud of is the response by the trucking industry and our intermodal partners. Hours after the storm passed and flood waters began to wreak havoc on New Orleans, the first mode of transportation able to get into the area were trucks filled with needed supplies – food, water and ice the highest priority.
Then came airplanes, ships and trains. Competition aside for the greater good, we all worked together in the greatest example of the effectiveness of intermodalism to assist emergency personnel and community leaders to respond and help rebuild the Gulf Coast and especially New Orleans.
We helped redefine how to respond to a disaster on the local, state and national level. We faced unprecedented challenges, learned from our missteps implemented lessons learned. Most importantly, with the benefit of hindsight, we helped teach others how to do it right.
Thank you America for your support. We hope and pray that no one ever has to face those challenges again…
NTDAW Safety Break: September 17th – Breaux Bridge. To celebrate the 2015 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW), LMTA will host a NTDAW Safety Break on Thursday, September 17 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Cash Magic Truck Stop at 1869 Mills Highway in Breaux Bridge. Cash Magic will provide food, beverages and prizes. Drivers will also receive LMTA gift bags.
If you would like to donate driver gift bag items, we need at least 100 items that should be delivered to the LMTA office no later than September 10, 2015. Contact Dana at the LMTA office for more information.
I-10 Corridor Improvement Study – Public Meetings. Residents and business owners who utilize the I-10 corridor in Baton Rouge are encouraged to attend one of three public meetings next week to discuss options for improving the I-10 corridor in the Baton Rouge area, from LA 415 in Port Allen, to the I-10/I-12 split.
ATA Veteran Hiring Website. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) recently unveiled its new veterans hiring website. This website provides motor carriers with information about how to develop strong military recruiting programs, attend on-base recruiting events, and take advantage of government programs that will pay the wages of new employees while they are in training.
Federal HVUT Form 2290 – Due in August! Reminder! The annual filing for Form 2290 must be completed soon!
Fall Transportation Conference – November 18-19. The LMTA Fall Transportation Conference will be held on November 18-19 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Allied industry partners can reserve a booth now for the meeting as booth space is limited! The hotel room Group Rate is $122 (available Nov 17, 18 & 19 ONLY). To reserve your hotel room today, call the Capitol Hilton direct at 800-955-6962 and ask for the “Louisiana Motor Transport Association Block” or go online at www.resweb.passkey.com, select “Attendee” as the “guest type”. The hotel cut-off date is October 19, 2015. To register for the conference, please use this link for a copy of the advance registration form. Fall Conference 1 Page Reg
Labor, 17 Groups Oppose Hair Testing. Current federal regulations require drivers to be screened for drug use via a urine sample prior to beginning work as a truck driver. However, the American Trucking Associations successfully lobbied regulators and lawmakers to allow hair testing to satisfy the federal drug testing requirement in the Senate’s DRIVE Act highway bill, which would allow fleets to use solely hair samples to drug test drivers. However, 17 workers’ advocate associations have asked that the provision be cut.
Haz-Mat Constant Attendance Rest Break Exemption Granted. The Federal Register will contain a notice from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granting ATA’s request for an exemption from the 30-minute rest break requirement for drivers operating under a Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration-mandated security plan.
ATA Management Conference & Exhibition – October 17-20, 2015. “Whether you’ve got 5 trucks, 500 trucks or 5,000 trucks, you inherently have the same problems,” said John Stomps, President & CEO, Total Transportation of MS. “MCE is going to give you all of the perspectives of what you are facing out there as a company.” MCE is a four-day meeting of trucking executives from across the country that focuses on safe, profitable trucking. Topics include economic, regulatory, and business trends. This year’s meeting will take place on October 17-20, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center & Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, in Philadelphia. Go to www.trucking.org for more information or to register!
75th Annual Convention Memories. If you could not attend, you can now peruse pictures of all of the events at http://www.johnballance.net/f230754927. You can purchase copies of the photos, download or share them!
Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin
for more information on these stories…
2015 LMTA Calendar of Events
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
September 13-19, 2015
LMTA Call on Washington
September 28-30, 2015
Fall Transportation Conference
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
November 18-19, 2015
Louisiana Press Association
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