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74th Annual LMTA Convention

Marriott Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa * July 31-August 2, 2014 

The LMTA Annual Convention will be held on July 31-August 2, 2014 at the Marriott Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa in Point Clear, Alabama!  As in the past, we will be going back to Oak Hollow Farm for an old fashioned family barbeque complete with horseback riding and a petting zoo – and the $2500 Reverse Raffle!    


Duane Long, ATA 1st Vice Chairman – “National Issues Update”

Bob Costello, ATA Economist – “Trucking Economic Update”

Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President – “The Latest in Trucking Research”

Royal Roth, UPS Public Affairs – “The Political Climate in D.C.”

Stephen Waguespack, LABI President – “2014 Legislative Session Recap”

Doug Williams, LMTA General Counsel – “Legal Challenges for Trucking”

“Warranty Repair Veto – Now What?”

Brit Brown, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P. (Freightliner)

Eric Henning, General Motors

Jake Jacoby, Truck Rental & Leasing Assn.

Lessie House, LA Motor Vehicle Commission (Invited) 

It’s not too late to register for the convention! Advance Registration Form – 1 pg!    

Anne Ferro Resigns from FMCSA. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) chief Anne Ferro will step down from her post next month, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced. Ferro is leaving the agency to become president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators in August. Appointed in 2009 over FMCSA by President Obama, she had been the agency’s longest-serving administrator.  

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week – September 14-20!  Plan now for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 14-20, 2014! Take the time to honor your professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. ATA opened a new online store for NTDAW merchandise but all merchandise must be ordered byJuly 28! Go to the NTDAW store at www.shumskyideas.com/ntdaw, which features quality merchandise that is able to be co-branded at great low prices!

CSA Website Enhancements.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently finalized enhancements to the CSA public display website. The changes, originally proposed and previewed last fall, are designed to: 1) provide an easier, more intuitive navigation platform; 2) display all relevant safety data in one convenient location; and 3) integrate new performance monitoring tools.  

 “Opportunities & Challenges for Improving Truck Safety”. On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will hold a hearing entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges for Improving Truck Safety on our Highways.”  The hearing will be chaired by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chairman of the Surface Transportation Subcommittee.

Fleet Manager Wanted.  Bryce Transportation, Inc. in Minden, Louisiana is looking to hire a fleet manager, a diesel mechanic and a paint and body technician for their fleet of 100 tractors and 180 trailers. Candidates should be willing to relocate to north Louisiana, have a current CDL and 2-5 years management experience. Send a resume to bobby@pmidelivers.com or fax to 318-382-0815. For more information call Bobby Zeanah at 318-382-0880 ext.112. 

OOIDA Challenges Pre-Employment Screening Program. Six members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed a class-action suit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration under the Federal Privacy Act charging that the agency is unlawfully disseminating reports of driver safety records to potential employers.  The lawsuit states that the reports sent out by FMCSA harm the plaintiffs’ earning potential and the ability to the get hired in truck driving jobs. 

Owner-Operator Tax Deductions.  The United States Tax Court has allowed some federal tax deductions for operating expenses claimed by an owner-operator, even though he had scant records to support them.  The court believed the taxpayer’s testimony to the extent that he did in fact operate his truck during the year, and incurred expenses, but noted that he had no records at all to back them up.  The court allowed somewhat less than half the taxpayer’s deductions, and upheld the penalties applied by the Internal Revenue Service.   

Rear-Impact, Side Guard Rulemaking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced plans to launch a rulemaking into potential changes for rear underride guards on trucks and tractors.

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4838 Bennington Avenue | P.O. Box 80278 | Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: 225-928-5682 | Fax: 225-928-0500