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 Vehicle Inspection Seminar

 Holiday Inn * Baton Rouge * April 25 

     Don’t miss this informative seminar designed to help your compa­ny’s mechanics and drivers prepare for roadside inspections. They will learn the importance of a comprehensive vehicle inspection and the relationship to roadside inspections and your company’s CSA scores. 

     The CSA safety rating and enforcement program affects all motor car­riers…interstate and intrastate – private and for-hire. Your CSA safe­ty rating is of paramount importance to your company with shippers and insurers also having access  to this information.  

     One way to help bring up your CSA score is “good” roadside inspec­tions. And one of the easiest ways to insure a “good” roadside inspec­tion is by completing a thorough pre-trip inspection.  

     Learn how to conduct a comprehensive vehicle inspection before putting a vehicle on the road and exactly how enforcement personnel inspect a vehicle.  

Register your drivers, mechanics and anyone else on your staff who can benefit from this exclusive training opportunity. Registration is open to all motor carriers…LMTA members and non-members as well!     4-25-14 Vehicle Inspection 1-page Registration

SMC Courtesy Inspection – Baptist Scales – April 24th.  The LMTA Safety Management Council will host a courtesy vehicle inspection on Thursday, April 24th at the Baptist weigh scales on I-12 near Hammond. We will meet for a safety meeting and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Cracker Barrel on I-55 in Hammond.  All members in good standing are invited top participate. 

     Safety Meeting. Representatives from the Louisiana State Police, FMCSA & Weights and Standards have been invited to discuss enforcement initiatives.

     Please notify the LMTA office if you or someone from your company will be able to attend the safety meeting and vehicle inspection. We hope that you will plan to join us in Hammond!  

Reserve Seafood Gala Tickets Today!  The LMTA Seafood Gala is a mere month away! It will be held on Saturday, May 17th at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. The event will be in a new location with a few new twists!  Make sure you order your lighted souvenir mug and your Reverse Raffle tickets along with your Gala tickets! Call the LMTA or us the attached order form to reserve your tickets!    

Truck Registration Fee Increase – 80,001+ lb. Doubled – Dead?  HB 1123 that proposed a truck registration fee increase on all classes of trucks was debated and voluntarily deferred in the House Transportation Committee last week. It could be heard again in the House Transportation Committee if Rep. St. Germain decides to bring it up for debate again.      

HB 917 – Lower Jury Trial Threshold – Dead.  HB 917 by Reps. Garofalo, Ivey, Seabaugh, Simon and Stokes removes the cause of action threshold amount of $50,000 to be entitled to a jury trial. Unfortunately, the judges, district attorneys, clerks of court and the Supreme Court “tipped the scales” with their strong opposition and the bill was tabled – dead for this year.

     The $50,000 jury trial threshold has been identified by the Insurance Commissioner, trucking defense attorneys, and most major insurance companies as the primary reason that 1) there are so few companies writing motor carrier insurance in Louisiana and 2) why the rates are so much higher in Louisiana than most other states.

SB 518 – Anti-Indemnification “Teeth” – Still on Senate Floor.  As previously reported, Sen. Danny Martiny (R-Metairie) filed SB 518 to put some “teeth” into the anti-indemnification law passed in 2010.  The bill passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee amended to provide for recovery of attorney fees, court costs, and reasonable costs incurred in the dismissal of the indemnity claim.

     We feel this is a reasonable compromise that will put “teeth” into the anti-indemnification law as too many shippers are ignoring the law and continuing to put the prohibited clauses in contracts. Motor carriers have no choice but to sign the contracts and hope that the “public policy” declaration will protect them.

     SB 518 is still on the Calendar pending debate before the full Senate. Please call your state Senator and as ask him/her to support SB 518 by Sen. Martiny as amended in the Senate Commerce Committee.   

How to Contact Senators at the Capitol:

PH (225) 342-2040 * FAX (225) 342-0617

How to Contact Legislators at the Capitol: 

        House:      PH    (225) 342-6945           

                                            FAX  (225) 342-8336                             

Senate:      PH    (225) 342-2040    

                FAX (225) 342-0617 

Official Legislative Website: www.legis.state.la.us 

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