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Louisiana M.O.V.E.S.

“Monitoring of Vehicles and Employees Status”

Continuous Monitoring of CDL Driver ODRs for Motor Carriers

     LMTA is proud to announce our partnership with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and Envoc to launch the Louisiana employer notification program for motor carriers with drivers who are licensed in Louisiana.

“Monitoring of Vehicles and Employees Status” (MOVES) is a voluntary program that will provide the continuous monitoring of drivers’ operating records and will notify their motor carrier employers of any change in the status of a driver’s license.

MOVES was created out of a need for motor carriers to get advanced notification of any change in a driver’s license status that could affect their ability to drive a truck – i.e., suspension, revocation, etc.

Louisiana Drivers in the National Truck Driving Championships.  Last week, more than 420 of the trucking industry’s top professional truck drivers went to Orlando FL for the 80th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.  We were proud to have the following LMTA 2017 truck driving championships winners represent Louisiana in Orlando:

                Straight Truck                Corey Mitchell       Shreveport             FedEx Freight

                3 Axle Van                      Henry Bruster        Woodville, MS       UPS Freight

                4 Axle Van                      Mark Stevenson   Zachary                    YRC Worldwide

                5 Axle Van                      Leslie Gamble        Bossier City             FedEx Freight

                5 Axle Tank                     Kyle Mitchell          Baton Rouge          FedEx Freight

                5 Axle Flatbed               Joseph Vital            Port Allen               FedEx Freight

                Twins                                Richard Gibbs        Shreveport             FedEx Freight

                Sleeper                            Johnnie Long         West Monroe        Walmart

                Step Van                          Leroy Williams      Zachary                     XPO Logistics

Emergency Truck Waiver Order – New Orleans Flood Event.  Secretary of LA-DOTD Dr. Shawn Wilson issued an official “Waiver Order” for “DOTD Guidelines for Vehicles, Trucks, and Loads” for the city of New Orleans Flood Event.

FREE Vertical Alliance Webinars in August. 

Strategies to Improve Driver Retention

August 16 – 10 a.m. CST * Register Here

Does your company struggle to retain or recruit new drivers? In this hour long webinar, you will learn: 1. How to apply Maslow’s Hierarchy of… More Needs to your trucking business 2. How to identify the intangible needs of your drivers and why that impacts retention 3. How to maximize the ROI of your business through retention 4. How to implement a yearlong initiative that will build a driver centric company. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask company specific questions about how to solve their own driver retention problems. Instructor:  Ray Haight

12 Hot Topics HR Should Be Training On To Protect Your Company from Lawsuits

August 22 – 10 a.m. CST * Register Here

Your training program plays a very important role in both business success and risk mitigation. In this hour long webinar, you will… More learn: 1. Which training topics should be included in your employee training process 2. Why your training process is just as important as the outcome 3. How to identify if you’re making the number one mistake in employee training 4. How to develop an HR training program your employees won’t hate. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the HR training and compliance program. Instructor: Danyelle Williams Ackall, SPH

Congress at Home for August Recess.  Members of Congress (MOC) have returned to their districts for the annual congressional August recess. You are encouraged to engage with your MOCs during August via the programs listed below. After visiting with your MOC, please take a moment to complete the very brief, corresponding survey and send it to the ATA Grassroots team.

       Terminal Visits: The most effective form of Grassroots advocacy is hosting a MOC at your facilities, (aka “Terminal Visit“).  These visits afford the MOC an up-close perspective of how the trucking industry works as the member walks through your facilities, interacts with employees from different departments, and discusses the challenges and opportunities facing your business. It is common for a Member of Congress to hop up I n the truck to learn about the technologies employed in and on a vehicle. When possible, you are encouraged to pair the MOC with a driver for a ride-along to help the MOC get a better appreciation for what a driver experiences daily.  You are also encouraged to take photos of the visit and don’t be shy about sharing them on social media with a positive message (e.g. “thanks to Congressman/Senator ____ for taking time to out the day to visit with us here at _____Trucking #Trucking”). Additionally, please be sure to forward some of those photos to ATA and fill out and return the Terminal Visit Recap Form .

     Town Hall Events: A Town Hall is an event hosted by a MOC back in their home district or state (now more commonly over the phone via “teletown halls”) allowing constituents the chance to voice their opinions and highlight issues affecting their personal or professional lives. Click here for the latest Congressional Town Hall schedule or visit the ATA Grassroots website. After you participate in a Town Hall event, be sure to complete and remit this brief Town Hall Event Survey so we can record in our grassroots database any relevant information.

Federal Court Rules on Anti-Indemnification.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has held that North Dakota’s motor carrier anti-indemnification statute did not apply to an oil-field master service contract.

FMCSA Withdraws Sleep Apnea Rule.  FMCSA recently published a Federal Register notice to withdraw the March 2016 Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

FMCSA Flexible Sleeper Berth Pilot Program Proposal.  The American Trucking Associations (ATA) recently filed comments supporting the FMCSA’s proposal to conduct a pilot project to study whether or not additional flexibility in current hours of service sleeper berth rules will reduce fatigue and improve safety.

ATRI Research:  Younger Driver Assessment Tool.  The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released the phase one findings of research investigating the potential for developing a Younger Driver Assessment Tool – one that would identify younger drivers who exhibit many of the same characteristics as safe, older commercial drivers. Individual traits that can reliably predict driver safety outcomes – personality, health, and cognition – are identified and discussed in this latest ATRI report.

ATA Trucking Safety, Security & HR Conference.  Join American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council and Transportation Security Council at the Annual Safety, Security, and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition, November 14-16 in Memphis, Tennessee. The three-day conference features industry-leading educational programs, technical committee meetings, general sessions, breakout sessions and round-tables. In addition, the exhibit hall showcases the latest products and solutions related to safety, security and human resources. Go to www.trucking.org for more information.

LMTA OPEN ROAD Magazine Advertising Opportunities! 

Since bringing the LMTA OPEN ROAD magazine home in 2014 we feel that the publication has truly come to exemplify the issues Louisiana carriers face.  From our motor carrier highlights” to our “people” issues, we’re able to highlight what Louisiana carriers and Allied members are really all about.

We would like to encourage you to consider advertising in this outstanding publication that truly puts a “face” on our industry.  For advertising information you can call Dana Weidman in the LMTA office (225-928-5682) or click here for ad specs and pricing.

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LMTA Annual Sponsors!

Calling all Annual Sponsors to sign  

up for 2017 events!

Annual Sponsorship Form  

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Read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk

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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

Fall Transportation Conference

November 7-8

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

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2017 LMTA Seafood Gala

Click here for photos from the 2017 LMTA Seafood Gala: http://www.johnballance.net/seafoodgala#h88e6e87a

2017 LMTA Annual Convention

Visit this website for photos from the 2016 Annual Convention:  http://www.johnballance.net/p303619076


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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Louisiana Motor Transport Association, Inc.
4838 Bennington Avenue | P.O. Box 80278 | Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: 225-928-5682 | Fax: 225-928-0500