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Thank you, America’s Truck Drivers!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 14-20, 2014

LMTA Safety Break: September 17, 2014

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cash Magic Truck Plaza & Casino * Denham Springs

     Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal made it official: September 14-20, 2014 is officially Truck Driver Appreciation Week in Louisiana, which was planned to coincide with events celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) all around the country. (Click here for the Official Proclamation – NTDAW Governor’s Proclamation)

     The LMTA Safety Management Council will join Cash Magic Truck Plaza & Casino, Razorback Rentals and Mears Sand & Gravel in hosting a “Safety Break” in honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week on Wednesday, September 17thfrom 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cash Magic Truck Plaza & Casino, 40249 Highway 16 in Denham Springs. Together we will provide food, beverage and special gift bags for all truck drivers.  We invite representatives from all LMTA member companies to join us!

     We need your help!  If your company has promotional items (hats, cups, koozies, key chains, etc.) that they would like to donate (at least 150 items), please have them delivered to the LMTA office no later than Monday, September 15thWe will be happy to make them available to all truck drivers.  If your company would like to provide additional snacks, we will also make these available to drivers.  Please let us know how you would like to participate. 

     OPEN ROAD Magazine. Please send us photos and information on what your company did to celebrate NTDAW – so that we can share it with the trucking industry. This is the perfect time to show your drivers how much you appreciate their hard work, commitment and safe driving. We will dedicate a page in the upcoming issue of the LMTA OPEN ROAD magazine to show how our members celebrated with their drivers! 

Show our appreciation for your drivers by posting the attached Governor’s Proclamation for Louisiana Truck Driver Appreciation Week that will be celebrated throughout the state of Louisiana!  Invite your elected officials or the media to tour your facility and thank your drivers or go for a ride-a-long. 

LMTA Fall Transportation Conference * November 19-20 * Baton Rouge.  The annual LMTA Fall Transportation Conference “Trucking in Louisiana” will be held on November 19-20, 2014 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.  As in the past, we have invited a representative of the state and federal agencies that impact truck operations to give you an update on current issues and events related to their office.

     We will also be offering our allied industry an opportunity to promote their goods and services with table-top exhibits inside the meeting room to maximize their exposure to participants.

Topics Include…

Sleep Apnea * Certified Medical Examiners * CDL Physical Form Regulations

DOTD Permits * Oversize/Overweight Routes * Size & Weight Enforcement

FMCSA Compliance: Safety, Accountability (CSA) Update

MCSAP Enforcement – HOS, EOBRs, SMS Challenges

Emerge: Right to Know Reporting System

Destination Zero Deaths

Vendor Expo

     Reserve your hotel room at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street, in Baton Rouge directly with the hotel at 800-955-6962. The rate is $119 Single/Double using the LMTA Group Code:  LMTA. 

     Special guest speakers will be announced soon. Click here for the pre-registration form for the conference – Fall Conference 1 Page Reg For more information, please contact the LMTA office.

2014 LMTA Call on Washington.  Last week, sixteen members of LMTA traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with our Congressional Delegation to discuss current issues affecting the trucking industry.     

    We were privileged to meet with newly elected Majority Whip Cong. Steve Scalise, Cong. John Fleming, Sen. David Vitter, Sen. Mary Landrieu, and the staff of the other members of our elected officials in Washington.      
     Our top three issues included the sleep apnea controversy with the CDL medical certificate renewal, the Hours of Service restart provision in legislation, and highway funding. All of the members of our delegation were shocked to hear that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was training certified medical examiners to require a sleep apnea test based on a driver’s physical characteristics prior to renewing a CDL medical certificate in spite of a federal law requiring the agency to implement a rulemaking prior to doing so.    
     LMTA members who participated in the 2014 Call on Washington included Terry Warren, Aeropres Corporation, Sibley; John Austin, Shane Tubre, Torey Tubre and Jeff Cronan with Bengal Transportation Services, Geismar; Mike Knotts with Cobbs, Allen & Hall, Bossier City; Mark Roberts, Dupre Logistics, Lafayette; Kary Bryce, Nataly Bryce and Todd Ruple with Preferred Materials, Minden; Greg Morrison and John Majors with Quality Transport, Baton Rouge and Glen Guillot, Randy Guillot and Mason Guillot with Triple G Express, Jefferson.

Truck Transportation Deaths Drop 8% in 2013.  Transport Topics reports that deaths in the truck transportation industry declined 8% to 461 in 2013, according to a preliminary report on fatal occupational injuries by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Coalition Letter:  FMCSA Remove CSA Scores.  Last month an ATA-led coalition of transportation trade groups submitted a letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx calling for the scores produced by the FMCSA’s CSA fleet monitoring system to be removed from the agency’s website, citing recent government research that found the scores unreliable. 

PAR Guide to 14 Constitutional Amendments.  The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana recently released the PAR Guide to the 2014 Constitutional Amendments that the public will consider on the November 4 ballot statewide.

     The propositions address such issues as the Medical Assistance Trust Fund, a new Hospital Stabilization Fund and hospital assessment, local government contracting for sales of tax-delinquent property and the age restriction on elected judges.  

ATRI Response to HNTB Tolling Poll.  The Alliance for Toll Free Interstates (AFTI) recently said that it is not surprising that the results of a poll commissioned by a road building outfit that bills itself as a top “consultant to toll authorities” would produce pro-tolling results. Interestingly, another recent Rasmussen Reports poll contradicts those findings.  

Free IRS Health-Care Act Webinar.  The federal Internal Revenue Service will hold a webinar entitled2014 Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions for Individuals, Families and Small Businesses later this week.  The webinar is free, and will cover the responsibility of individuals and small businesses under the Act. 

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