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2016 Fall Transportation Conference

November 1-3 * Capitol Hilton * Baton Rouge

The LMTA Fall Transportation Conference is on November 1-3, 2016 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.  Along with presentations by state and federal officials, the LMTA Board of Directors will meet to discuss our policy on the current speed limiters proposed FMCSA rulemaking.


Dr. Shawn Wilson, DOTD Secretary.  Sec. Wilson will discuss his recent ride-a-long in a truck during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week as well as highway funding mechanisms currently being discussed.  The state needs over $600 million in new revenue to address the infrastructure backlog and suggested revenue sources will impact truck operations:  fuel tax, vehicle registration fees, waste tire fees, oversize/weight permits, etc.

Mike Noble, Senior Director of Fleet Safety, Walmart.  Noble will discuss the fatigue management program current implemented by Walmart for their private fleet.

Janice Williams, DOTD Chief Engineer. As DOTD is considering revising the oversize/weight permit regulations, Ms. Williams will discuss various proposals for consolidating and increasing the permit fees at a special meeting on Tuesday, November 1 at 2:00 pm.

Doug Williams, Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson. Mr. Williams will discuss the good and the bad of business interruption insurance – especially considering the recent flooding disaster.

Betsey Tramonte & John Broemmelsiek, FHWA. They will discuss commercial vehicle (CMV) safety in Work Zones.

Office of Motor Vehicles. The staff from the Office of Motor Vehicles will discuss electronic notification, medical status extension, driver record data, proof of residency and REAL ID. Bring your questions!

Exhibitor Breakfast Give-a-ways!  Plan to attend the Thursday morning breakfast to bring home one of these items: Bits Technical Company – 22” Wide Screen Desktop Monitor; Gulf South Insurance Agency, LLC – JBL Slip 3 portable Bluetooth Speaker; Lee TranServices, Inc. – Large YETI cup with $100.00 VISA gift card inside; PeopleNet Communications – Samsung Galaxy Tab E and more!!!

Hotel. The Group Rate is $124. Call the Capitol Hilton direct at 800-955-6962 and use the group code “LMTA”. The hotel cut-off date has been extended to October 21, 2016. To register for the conference, please use the attached advance registration form.   

The hotel room Group Rate is $124. To reserve your hotel room today, contact the LMTA office. To register for the conference CLICK HERE 2016-fc-1-pg-registration-form for the attached advance registration form.

LMTA Special Permits Meeting – November 1st @ 2:00 PM. The LMTA Special Permits meeting will be held in conjunction with the Fall Transportation Conference on November 1st at 2:00pm at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. LA-DOTD Chief Engineer Janice Williams will make a presentation to the group.  If you use oversize/overweight permits, please make every effort to attend this meeting. This is your opportunity to suggest changes to the permit system that is in dire need of being revised and simplified while they are asking for higher permit fees.

Joint LA/MS Safety Meeting/Inspection Summary.  The LMTA Safety Management Council and the Mississippi Safety Management Council held a joint LA/MS courtesy vehicle inspection this week in Kentwood. Special thanks to the Forest Gold Truck Stop in Amite for sponsoring breakfast. The Louisiana State Police, Weights and Standards and FMCSA were on hand to give us updates on enforcement initiatives.

2016 CVSA International Roadcheck Results.  A total of 62,796 inspections were conducted during this year’s International Roadcheck enforcement campaign. Of Level I inspections, 21.5% of vehicles and 3.4% of drivers were placed out of service due to critical item violations. Of vehicles placed out of service, brake adjustment and brake system violations combined to represent 45.7% of out-of-service vehicle violations. The top driver out-of-service violations were for hours of service and false logs, representing 46.8% and 16.4%, respectively, of all out-of-service driver violations found.

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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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2016 LMTA Calendar of Events

Motor Carrier Safety Compliance Seminars

November 16 – Lafayette

Fall Transportation Conference

November 2-3, 2016

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center


Baton Rouge

 Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin

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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

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


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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