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CSA Crash Weighting Study

FMCSA recently published their Crash Weighting Study that investigates whether or not it’s possible and practical to account for crashes motor carriers did not cause in a carrier’s CSA profile. Their conclusions were that the process would be too costly and yield minimal benefit. Of course, the industry feels differently as this is a clear fairness issue. Motor carriers should not be judged based on accidents they did not cause.

Championships Registrations Due March 20th!  REMINDER! The LMTA Truck Driving Championships will be held on March 27-28 at Blue Bayou Water Park and the Renaissance Baton Rouge. Please make sure you register your drivers and return their Entry & Release Forms to the LMTA office by Friday, March 20th.

LMTA Seafood Gala Hotel Rooms.  Rooms are still available at the Hyatt French Quarter at $209 and at the Hilton at $199 for the 2015 LMTA Seafood Gala on Saturday, April 18th at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans. 

     Although the Royal Sonesta is sold out of hotel rooms in our block, you can still come to the Roadrunner Hospitality Suite.  Remember to submit your ticket request – 10 seats per table – to the LMTA office. Advance tickets will be mailed to you on Monday, April 6, 2015. 

LIVEONEWEB: Entry-Level Driver Training. The FMCSA has commissioned a 26-member panel of industry representatives to discuss mandatory training for entry-level driving, even as the trucking industry finds itself looking for ways to fill seats with quality drivers. Everything from the FMCSA proceedings to current driver training practices will be discussed.

Federal Court Denies USDOT Motion in OOIDA Lawsuit.  The U.S. Court of Appeals denied US-DOT’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) that is challenging the accuracy of the data the department maintains and reports about truck drivers under the Privacy Act.  OOIDA alleges that the agency continues to maintain and report bad data to the public that drivers violate certain safety rules, even when those allegations have been dismissed or were issued not-guilty verdicts in state court. 
     OOIDA is asking the Court to order FMCSA to purge the MCMIS database of records of all enforcement actions by states prior to the time a driver has his day in court, after charges against the driver have been dismissed, or after that person is acquitted by a court of competent jurisdiction.

FMCSA Guidance: 3rd Party Driver MVR Services.  FMCSA recently issued new guidance that makes it clear that motor carriers are compliant with federal annual inquiry and review of driving record regulations through the use of a third party employer notification systems.

Federal Highway Funding Proposals.  ATA President Bill Graves recently told the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) that he believes Congress will not pass a new surface transportation bill by September 30, but does believe lawmakers will do so before the end of the year. Everything we’ve heard is that they’re [lawmakers] not in favor of a user-funded system,” Graves said, which would mean no fuel tax increase.

IRS Adopts CNG Definition.  Pursuant to an inquiry from a taxpayer who asked the federal Internal Revenue Service what the term “compressed natural gas” means in Internal Revenue Code Section 6426, which grants a 50 cent per gallon credit for the use of CNG as a motor fuel, the IRS has adopted as a definition the common usage of the term in the CNG industry at the time the section was enacted. 

FMCSA Railroad Crossing Emergency Information.  In light of the recent crash involving a truck and an Amtrak train, FMCSA issued an update on what to do should a vehicle become stalled or hung up on railroad tracks. The information – placed on a visor card – includes a reminder to call the appropriate railroad emergency number with the location of your vehicle. 

Railroad Fuel Tax Discrimination Decision.  The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that courts considering a discrimination claim brought by a railroad are required to look at comparable taxes to determine whether there is sufficient justification for a state treating a railroad differently. 

Bossier Spring Job Fair.  The Bossier City Chamber of Commerce has invited the trucking industry to participate in their spring job fair at the Bossier City Civic Center. The event is geared toward current and former military members and their immediate family. They welcome all industry types along with veteran assistance organizations and educational institutions to provide information on programs available to them.  

North LA Membership Meeting RESCHEDULED – April 8-9 – Shreveport.  

The LMTA North Louisiana General Membership meeting has been rescheduled to April 8-9, 2015 at the Eldorado Resort & Casino in Shreveport.  During the meeting, the Board of Directors will review and formalize our position on various pieces of legislation filed for the 2015 Legislative session.  There will be discussion of the LMTA-requested legislation along with any legislation filed that may have an impact on the trucking industry. No need to re-register for the event but please notify us if you are unable to attend. If you were not registered previously, you can register to attend meeting using the attached form. Duplicate the form as necessary.

     Registration fee is $70 per person. LMTA has reserved a room block for our members at the El Dorado Resort Casino ($69 single/double per night). Call the hotel toll free at 877-613-0711 to make your room reservation Eldorado room code for LMTA room block is LMTA15Click here for the North LA Meeting Registration Form – April 2015 .  

LMTA North – Membership Meeting

April 8-9 * El Dorado Casino & Hotel * Shreveport

   Wednesday, April 8th      

         9:00 – 10:30 am                  Leadership Council Meeting 

        10:30 – 12:00 noon             Towing & Recovery Meeting 

        1:30 –    3:00 pm                 Household Goods Carriers Meeting 

        3:30 –    5:30 pm                 LMTA Board of Directors Meeting 

        5:30 –    7:00 pm                 General Membership Reception  

Thursday, April 9th          

         8:00 –   8:30 am                 Registration & Continental Breakfast 

         8:30 – 12:00 noon             General Membership Meeting  

                                                   & Issues Update                   

LMTA Seafood Gala – April 18, 2015!  Hotel Rooms Going Fast!  The LMTA Seafood Gala will be held on Saturday April 18, 2015 at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans.  Hotel rooms are already going fast so make your room reservations now!  Click here for the Advance Ticket Reservation Form: 2015 Gala Advance Ticket Sales-1 pg

     Host Hotel & Hospitality Suite. Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon Street, Rate: $209. PH: 800-766-3782 Cut-off Date:  March 20, 2015. Group Code:  “0417LMTASG” or “LA Motor Transport Association Seafood Gala”

     Hyatt French Quarter, 800 Iberville Street, Rate: $209/$229 Balcony King/$249 Balcony Double, PH 888-591-1234, Cut-off Date:  March 25, 2015, Group Code:  Louisiana Motor Transport Association 

     Hilton Garden Inn, 1001 South Peters Street (Located directly behind The Sugar Mill), Rate:  $199, PH 877-782-9444, Cut-off Date:  March 17, 2015, Group Code:  Louisiana Motor Transport Association. 

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