2014 Legislative Session
The 2014 Legislative Session convenes on March 10th so it is time for the LMTA Legislative Committee and Board of Directors to review and discuss the pre-filed and LMTA-requested legislation to determine our official position on the legislation.
Some of the issues that we know will be on the table for discussion for the legislative session includes off-site warranty repair, tort reform, special oversize permits, and the deregulation of non-hazardous oilfield waste.
March 7, 2014
Board of Directors
March 12, 2014
Mardi Gras Travel Advisory. Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin for more information on LA-DOTD holiday travel restrictions on Louisiana’s highways.
FHWA Hosting FREE TRB Roundabouts Webinar. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar in March that will address concerns and possible solutions pertaining to large trucks and oversize/overweight trucks (OSOW) traversing roundabouts.
LMTA MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: The Baton Rouge office of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invites LMTA members to participate in this webinar. Contact the LMTA Office for more information.
Fraudulent USDOT Letters in LA. One of our motor carrier members received one of the fraudulent USDOT Letters that are being distributed, largely by fax, to motor carrier officials in Louisiana and around the country. The letters appear to be from the U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office and are signed by a fictitious name. The letters are an attempt to obtain banking information from the targeted carriers.
LMTA Vehicle Inspection Seminar – April 25. The LMTA Vehicle Inspection Seminar on March 6th is full but we have scheduled another seminar on April 25 in Baton Rouge. If you are interested, please call the LMTA office and register for the second vehicle inspection seminar. Obviously, this is a topic that is important to many of our members! Click here for the 4-25-14 Vehicle Inspection 1-page Registration
LMTA Leadership Program: Not too Late to Register. The first meeting of the third session of Leadership LMTA has been rescheduled for March 14, 2014. We are still accepting nominations for this industry-specific professional development program to identify and prepare future leaders in the trucking industry. The program will offer participants a greater knowledge of how our industry works, how government regulations impact motor carrier operations and how LMTA serves its members. In order to attend, participants must be nominated by their company, which must be a member in good standing of LMTA. All participants will be recognized at a banquet during the LMTA Fall Transportation Conference in November. Call the LMTA office for more information and nomination forms.
Safety Recognition Programs – Entry Deadline this Week! LMTA Driver of the Year and Safety Professional of the Year. The deadline for nominations for the LMTA Driver of the Year and Safety Professional of the Year is Friday, March 7th. It costs you nothing to nominate a worthy driver and safety professional to receive recognition for a job well done. Please contact the LMTA for more information.
LMTA Truck Driving Championships. The LMTA Truck Driving Championships will be held on March 28-29 at Blue Bayou Water Park and the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge. The entry deadline is March 21st. The official brochure including the entry forms has been mailed to all members.
IRP Full Reciprocity Plan – Q & A. IRP, Inc., the repository of the International Registration Plan, has just added to its website a set of questions and answers concerning the implementation and operation of the Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP) amendments to IRP that become effective next year.
The NEW LMTA Seafood Gala – Surprises! What happens when we get bumped by Hollywood superstar and philanthropist Brad Pitt for the location of the most important event of the year? You move it and think outside the box to make it better than ever!
The 2014 LMTA Seafood Gala will be held on May 17, 2014 at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans! Located next to the World War II Museum in the Warehouse Arts District, the CAC will afford our Gala patrons a little “culture” with their crawfish. The CAC is a multi-disciplinary arts center, financially stable and professionally managed, that is dedicated to the presentation, production and promotion of the art of our time.
This year we will also feature a truck exhibit sharing the parking lot between the CAC and the WWII museum with the ATA Image Tractor-trailer. We are also adding hot fried catfish to the menu and the opportunity to purchase a souvenir lighted beer mug to remember the occasion!
However, there are some things that will not change… The Headquarters Hotel and the Roadrunner Hospitality Suite overlooking Bourbon Street will still be at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The Hyatt French Quarter hotel is still the official backup hotel and the location of the pick-up/drop-off for the shuttle bus.
The Reverse Raffle tickets are on sale now…and will sell out fast so get your request in along with your advance ticket reservations. Watch for the new “look” of the Gala in the official brochure which should reach you this week! Click here for the 2014 Gala Advance Ticket Sales-1 pg.
Alabama Ad Valorem Tax Unconstitutional. In a major tax decision heavily impacting the trucking industry, the Circuit Court of Talladega County Alabama recently entered judgment holding that Alabama’s ad valorem taxation scheme is unconstitutional as applied to property used in interstate commerce.
Propane HOS Exemption Legislation. House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) recently introduced legislation designed to help expedite propane deliveries during the cold weather season. The bill, which currently has 9 cosponsors including Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI), now awaits consideration by the House T&I Committee.