Trucking’s Recovery Efforts
LMTA President John Austin of Bengal Transportation Services has been busy over the last week. With his community and over 90% of his employees impacted by the floods, he has been coordinating his company’s disaster response by providing food and supplies to the Watson area one of the worst hit areas near Baton Rouge. His group helped feed over 1000 flood victims and volunteers just this past Saturday alone!
Flood victims are still in dire need of food, personal care items and cleaning supplies: buckets, dust pans, mops, brooms, diapers, combs/brushes, ponytail holders, shaving cream, cat food and litter, dog food, grits, rice, jelly, peanut butter, canned chicken, canned tuna, dry red beans, canned fruit, canned spaghetti sauce, spaghetti and meatballs and ravioli, mac and cheese, etc. Contact Landra Reed (225-400-1687) if you can provide any of these items to support Bengal’s efforts.
Labor Day Holiday Truck Restrictions. For the first time ever, the state will NOT prohibit the movement of all oversize and overweight vehicles on state highways over the Labor Day holiday. The Department’s Truck Permit Offices will be closed Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. Special thanks to DOTD Sec. Shawn Wilson for responding to our request to keep loads moving especially those involved in the recovery effort!
LMTA Membership Directory – Ads? The LMTA Membership Directory is wrapping up soon! There is still time to enhance your listing or place a display ad in the new directory. Contact Jacob Bartush with E& M Consulting at 800.572.0011 or call the LMTA office. As always, your support of the LMTA products and services is greatly appreciated!
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
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.
Walker Business Recovery Center. The Walker Business Recovery Center opened this week, offering a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe storms and flooding that began last week.
The center is located at the Southeastern Louisiana University Literacy and Technology Center, Room 101, 9261 Florida Blvd. in Walker. It will be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge.
Federal Speed Limited Rule. The US-DOT lists the projected publication date of the rule that will mandate speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks for later this month.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) requested the rule in 2011, and US-DOT began work on the regulatory framework of the rule in 2014.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA), however, opposes such a rule, calling it “politically motivated” and contending there is “a lack of solid science” to back up such a mandate and that speed-limited trucks “would make highways less safe.”
2016 ATA MC&E Early Bird Deadline: August 19th. Early Bird deadline has been moved to August 19 for the 2016 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition, held October 1-4 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The agenda is jam packed with topics such as: food safety shipping regulations, supply chain security, electronic logging devices and more. Register before the Early Bird deadline and save $250. First-time registrants also save up to $750! Register today.
2016 LMTA Annual Convention
Visit this website for Photos from the 2016 Annual Convention: http://www.johnballance.net/f525353412
2016 LMTA Seafood Gala
Visit this website for Photos from the 2016 Gala: http://www.johnballance.net/p278451560#h70174103
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2016 LMTA Calendar of Events
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
September 11-17, 2016
LMTA Call on Washington
September 20-22, 2016
Fall Transportation Conference
November 2-3, 2016
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin
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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!
Louisiana Press Association
SPECIAL OFFER to LMTA Members!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to identify yourself as an LMTA member when calling or emailing.