Governor John Bel Edwards
In an historic turn of events, Louisiana has a new Democratic Governor. Even though U.S. Senator David Vitter was being touted as the next Governor for most of the year, state Rep. John Bel Edwards won the office with the help of many cross-over Republican and Independent voters.
His immediate priorities will be to create and fund his transition team and appoint his cabinet and staff. Our immediate priorities will be to get to know the key players in the new administration and the new legislature.
The main issues of importance to the trucking industry include the state budget crisis, highway funding, tort reform, workforce development (truck drivers!) and public safety – just to name a few.
It is incumbent upon our members to get involved in the process and embrace the opportunities that come with a new administration and legislature. It is imperative that we introduce the new faces in government to the issues of importance to the trucking industry.
We have a lot of work ahead of us and much to be thankful for. So for now, enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and get ready for the real challenges ahead of us as an industry and as citizens of Louisiana.
Thanksgiving Holiday Truck Restrictions. Read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter for more information on LA-DOTD holiday travel restrictions on Louisiana’s highways.
Be Safe on America’s Highways! With nearly 47 million people expected to travel to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, the holiday will present challenging driving conditions for both truck drivers and holiday travelers. The ATA America’s Road Team Captains would like to remind the motoring public that from driveway to highway, safety requires patience, attention and determination, particularly around the holidays.
Twin 33 Provision Stripped in Senate. Last week the Senate added an amendment to its 2016 DOT appropriations bill that keeps in place the 28-foot maximum length of double trailers. The Senate’s original legislation included a provision to increase the limit to 33 feet, but an amendment brought to the Senate floor by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) stripped the bill of the provision. It was agreed to by a voice vote Wednesday.
Electronic Logging Final Rule Clears OMB. The final rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices has cleared the White House Office of Management and Budget, one of the final steps before publication in the Federal Register. Given the rule’s significance and remaining procedural steps required, ATA believes the rule will probably be published in early December.
PSP Guidance for Audit Readiness. ATA has prepared a guidance document on compliance with the Pre-Employment Screening Program requirements, to help fleets prepare for PSP compliance audits. Audited carriers may be subject to penalties for non-compliance.
LDCC-DDA Commercial Vehicle Operation Training. Commercial vehicle operation training is returning to Louisiana Delta Community College thanks to a partnership with the Diesel Driving Academy of Louisiana. Diesel Driving Academy and Delta officials made the announcement Thursday outside its western Ouachita Parish campus.
Driver Coercion Proposed Rule. Last week, the Office of Management and Budget completed its review of FMCSA’s proposed “driver coercion” rule, clearing the way to the final rule’s release. The rule, as proposed, would penalize motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or transportation intermediaries for threatening to withhold (or actually withholding) work or business opportunities from a driver who objects to operating a CMV “under circumstances which [they] knew, or should have known, would require the driver to violate” various safety regulations. The proposed rule provides for civil penalties up to $11,000 per offense.
ATRI Annual List of Top Truck Freight Congestion Locations. The American Transportation Research Institute has released its annual truck bottleneck report, the 2015 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight-Significant Highway Locations. Assessing the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system using customized software, analysis methods, and terabytes of data from trucking, the report details the top 100 congested locations.
Cargo Tank Unloading Preemption Final Rule. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration recently issued a final notice regarding preempting state and local rules governing the unloading of cargo tanks. PHMSA found that because the rules applied only after a delivery was complete, the shipments were no longer “in transportation.” The ruling has little effect on for-hire carriers, but it could implicate private carriers’ operations.
75th Annual Convention Memories. If you could not attend, you can now peruse pictures of all of the events at http://www.johnballance.net/f230754927. You can purchase copies of the photos, download or share them!
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