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New LSP Colonel

Kevin Reeves

On June 13, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the appointment of Colonel Kevin Reeves as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety Services and the Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police (LSP).  In March, Col. Reeves was appointed to the position on an interim basis.

Supreme Court Refuses ELD Case.  The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal against the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate that was initiated by the Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). The Supreme Court’s decision leaves in place a lower court ruling upholding the mandate and its December 18 compliance deadline.

LA/TX Courtesy Vehicle Inspection – Greenwood – June 22.  The LMTA Safety Management Council will host a joint LA/TX courtesy vehicle inspection on Thursday, June 22nd at the Greenwood weigh scales on I-20 in Greenwood. We will meet for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Cracker Barrel in Shreveport (6251 W Port Ave, Shreveport, LA 71129, 318-688-6080). Representatives from LSP, Weights and Standards and FMCSA have been invited to give us an update on enforcement initiatives in the Shreveport/ Greenwood area at our breakfast meeting. Following breakfast, we will proceed to the east-bound scales to perform courtesy vehicle inspections. Please notify the LMTA office if you or someone from your company will be able to attend.

LMTA 77th Annual Convention:  Barry Pottle, ATA 2nd Vice Chairman.  We are happy to announce an exciting line-up of speakers for the 77th Annual LMTA Convention that will include ATA 2nd Vice Chairman Barry Pottle of Pottle’s Transportation in Bangor, Maine who will give us an update of national issues. Barry Pottle is President and CEO of Pottle’s Transportation, which has 180 trucks, over 500 trailers and terminals in Bangor and Fairfield, ME, and Allentown, PA. Barry is also an owner and/or co-owner of five other companies, all of which involve the transportation industry, including a Volvo-Mack Dealership and a warehousing business.

Other Speakers. ATRI President Rebecca Brewster will join us again this year to share the latest research from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).  Stacy Hoyt, the Deputy Commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will discuss the new Employer Notification System and efforts to reestablish the International Registration Plan (IRP) office by November. The IRP was outsourced during the Jindal administration and the exclusive contractor will no longer administer the program.

ELD Panel Discussion. We will also have a panel of motor carriers who will discuss their experience with the implementation of the electronic logging devices (ELDs) in their companies. The topics include driver/dispatcher acceptance, the most unexpected outcome, dips in revenue due to the culture change and the impact on their relationship with their shippers.

Entertainment.  The convention will begin with the Bill Clark Memorial Golf Tournament and Emerald Cost Welcome Reception on Thursday and end with the Officers Installation and Banquet on Saturday night.  Golf Chairman Tim Ordoyne with Kenworth of Louisiana has created an outstanding list of prizes and challenges for the golfers that include several hole-in-one opportunities, drawings for golf excursion packages and cash prizes for the winners.

Registration & Hotel. Attached is the official Convention Registration Form and additional speaker information.  Remember to make your hotel reservations before July 7th .  Click here for the link to the hotel to make your reservations.

Online Registration & Payment

Click here to register online for the 2017 LMTA Annual Convention.

We now accept all major credit cards…….including American Express!

National Championships Onsite Program Advertising Opportunity.  The National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) & National Step Van Driving Championships (NSVDC) Official Program which is distributed on-site to all registered attendees, volunteers, drivers, and corporate officials, is the historic record of this year’s competition.  It is the perfect vehicle to reach your market, demonstrate your company’s commitment to highway safety, and lend your support to the Championships’ program – a program that inspires tens of thousands of drivers to operate accident-free each year.   For more information and to reserve your ad space, contact Jacob Pierce, Deputy Executive Director, ATA Safety Management Council (SMC), 950 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 210, Arlington, VA 22205.  E-mail: JPierce@trucking.org  P:703-838-1931

Operational Costs of Trucking Report.  The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) issued a data call for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.  The brief online questionnaire seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire motor carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are asked to provide full-year 2016 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data.

The results of this data collection, combined with the previous Operational Costs of Trucking reports, will yield nine full years (2008 – 2016) of trucking cost information derived directly from fleet operations.  This research provides carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with real world data for future infrastructure improvement analyses.

“We rely on ATRI’s research to inform so much of our operations and the Operational Costs of Trucking is no exception.  The annual report provides a critical benchmark for us to identify where we can improve our operating efficiency across a number of key metrics.  I certainly encourage my colleagues throughout the trucking industry to support ATRI in this critical data collection,” said Dennis Dellinger, president of Cargo Transporters.

For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide confidential operational cost data through ATRI’s survey by Friday, June 29, 2017 available online at atri-online.org.  The results of this study will be available later this year, but survey respondents will receive an advance copy of the report.

LMTA OPEN ROAD Magazine Advertising!  Since bringing the LMTA OPEN ROAD magazine home in 2014 we feel that the publication has truly come to exemplify the issues Louisiana carriers face.  From our motor carrier highlights” to our “people” issues, we’re able to highlight what Louisiana carriers and Allied members are really all about.

We would like to encourage you to consider advertising in this outstanding publication that truly puts a “face” on our industry.  For advertising information you can call Dana Weidman in the LMTA office (225-928-5682) or click here for ad specs and pricing.

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LMTA Annual Sponsors!

Calling all Annual Sponsors to sign  

up for 2017 events!

Annual Sponsorship Form  

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Read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk

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* * * * * * * * * * * * *Motor Carrier Emergency Relief Information.  Motor carriers and drivers providing direct emergency relief to, from or within the areas covered by the declarations are temporarily relieved from Parts 390-399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including hours of service, regardless of commodity carried. Drivers are still required to have the proper operating license and must drive in a safe and prudent manner. More information on waivers can be found on FMCSA’s Web site by going to https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency.

State Declaration: http://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/EmergencyProclamations/111-JBE-2016-State-of-Emergency-Heavy-Flooding.pdf

Federal Declaration: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277

Go to the LMTA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TruckinginLA/ for more immediate updates on road closures and other information.  Call the LMTA office if you need assistance of any kind.

Tax Extensions Available for Flood Victims.  State tax extensions are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, principal places of business and critical tax records are located in areas of the state declared federal disaster areas following recent storms and flooding.

At this time, there are 20 parishes designated as federal disaster areas.  If additional parishes are added to the federal disaster declaration, they will receive the same relief.

For more information, including the complete list of taxes eligible for filing and payment extensions, read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter.

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2017 LMTA Calendar of Events

Annual Convention

August 3-5

Sandestin Beach Hilton

Fall Transportation Conference

November 7-8

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

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2017 LMTA Seafood Gala

Click here for photos from the 2017 LMTA Seafood Gala: http://www.johnballance.net/seafoodgala#h88e6e87a

2016 LMTA Annual Convention

Visit this website for photos from the 2016 Annual Convention:  http://www.johnballance.net/f525353412

Louisiana Press Association

SPECIAL OFFER to LMTA Members!

The Louisiana Press Association’s Louisiana Statewide Classified Advertising Network allows advertisers to run a 25 word classified ad in over 100 newspapers statewide for only $265 per week.  The Network is made up of three regions (North, Southwest and Southeast).  Ads can also be placed on a regional basis for $175 for one region and $200 for any two regions, or statewide for $265.  We are offering a 20% discount to any LMTA member that places an ad in the network.  That would make the prices for LMTA members – one region for $140/week, any two regions for $160/week and statewide for $212/week.  Additionally, if an advertiser pre-pays for a four week run they will receive a fifth week for free.

For more information or to place an ad, please contact Mike at the Louisiana Press Association at 225-344-9309, ext. 106 or at mike@lapress.com.  Be sure to identify yourself as an LMTA member when calling or emailing.

 

 

   
 
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