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CVSA Brake Safety Day Results

On May 3, 2017 more than 9,500 commercial motor vehicles were inspected for an unannounced brake safety enforcement event called Brake Safety Day. Inspection data from the unannounced one-day brake safety enforcement initiative can be found in this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter.

Many participating jurisdictions were able to survey ABS compliance.

Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. The next Brake Safety Day event will take place in September at participating jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Face Paint, Caricatures, Tattoos & Stilts!  Join us for the 77th Annual LMTA Convention on August 3-5, 2017 at the Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Florida. We have an exciting line up of speakers for the business meetings along with plenty of fun for the entire family. Sign up for the Bill Clark Memorial Golf Tournament and a chance to win new prizes and golf trips for both the players and the sponsors! The Emerald Coast Welcome Reception will include plenty for the kids: face painters, balloon artists, air brush tattoos, a caricature artist and an entertainer on stilts! For hotel room information, call Dana Weidman at the LMTA office.

Online Registration & Payment

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

Or go to www.louisianatrucking.com to take advantage of this new service to register for the upcoming 77th Annual LMTA Convention on August 3-5, 2017 at the Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida!

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

New Oklahoma Sales Tax – IRP Vehicles.  We recently reported about the new vehicle sales tax newly enacted in Oklahoma. For more information on how it will affect IRP vehicles read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter.

FMCSA ELD Implementation National Tour.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced its electronic logging device (ELD) Implementation National Tour – a public education and outreach campaign geared towards helping commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to transition to ELDs.

In several cities across the country, FMCSA subject matter experts will lead driver-focused presentations and panel discussions on ELD implementation.   FMCSA agency staff at their interactive exhibit booth will answer questions, provide consumer-friendly resources and materials, and review drivers’ and carriers’ responsibilities.

For a list of FMCSA’s ELD Implementation National Tour dates and locations read this week’s LMTA Truck Talk newsletter.

Bill Clark Memorial Golf Tournament – More Special Prizes!  The Bill Clark Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the Baytowne Golf Course at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st Place team, 2nd Place team, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. Participants will have a chance to win incredible door prizes along with the following special prizes:

Wine Gift Basket * Delco / AC Backpacks * KW Computer Bag * LSU Shirt XXL * Kenworth of Louisiana Yeti Mugs   Counter Stools TRP * Fleetguard Wall Clocks * Dozen Golf Balls * Nike Hat * Frog Tog Towel * LSU Golf Towel Saints Golf Towel * 3 Ball Pack with LSU Tees * 3 Ball Pack with Saints Tees

Vertical Alliance Group Safety Seminars.  Vertical Alliance Group, Inc. (VAG) provides customizable online training and communication tools for transportation companies who are results orientated and are looking for a way to improve their bottom line through consistent, trackable, standardized communication. As a supporter of LMTA, they are offering the following upcoming FREE webinars:

            Balancing Safety Management with Litigation

            Thursday, July 20 | 10 a.m. CST.

            Register Here  

            What To Do When an Employee Gets Arrested

            Thursday, July 27 | 10 a.m. CST.

            Register Here

Go to https://www.truckingcompanyonlinetraining.com/webinars/ for more information

Federal Legislative Fighting Sex Trafficking.  The Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ) reports that a bill introduced by the Senate’s Commerce Committee would permanently disqualify truck drivers from holding a CDL if they’ve been convicted of a human trafficking offense. The legislation is part of a two-bill package aimed at combating human trafficking that occurs on U.S. roadways.

Another bill introduced this week in the Senate’s Commerce Committee, dubbed the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act, would bolster efforts to educate truck operators on recognizing, reporting and preventing human trafficking. Both bills are being sponsored by Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.

Transportation Funding, F4A, Rest Breaks in Legislation – July 17.  The federal Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, or T-HUD, funding legislation will be considered tonight (July 17) by the Appropriations Committee. The bill includes provisions that would pre-empt state laws on meal and rest breaks for truckers.


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

for more information on these stories…

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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


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