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LMTA Safety Compliance Seminars

LMTA will once again host one-day seminars on Motor Carrier Safety and Hazardous Materials Transportation to assist you in compliance with the regulations. Along with a lecture from Mike Purcell, President of Compliance Management, attendees will receive training materials, handouts and lunch.

Electronic Logging Devices. There will be special emphasis on the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate that is effective in December 2017. Discussion will be centered on the ruling itself, ELD equipment requirements, selecting a supplier, enforcement timelines and frequently asked questions regarding the ELD ruling.


Thursday, October 12  

Homewood Suites – $119 s/d

201 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette

PH 337-264-6044

Baton Rouge

Thursday, November 16

Marriott – $109 s/d

5500 Hilton Ave, Baton Rouge

PH 225-924-5000

CLICK HERE for the Registration Form. CLICK HERE to register and pay online.  The official brochure will be mailed to you next week. Make your hotel room reservations directly with the hotel.

Registration:  $150 Members/$180 Non-Members. LMTA accepts all major credit cards. For more information or to register, call the LMTA office.

IRS Post-Hurricane Waivers, Advice, Warnings.  The federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a variety of bulletins following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that warn of fake charity scams, offer relief from certain tax filings by those in the areas affected and provide information for tax preparers with clients in those areas.

PAR Guide to Constitutional Amendments.  The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana released the PAR Guide to the 2017 Constitutional Amendments that explains the potential impact of the three constitutional amendments that voters will consider on the October 14 statewide ballot. These amendments address how property tax assessors should deal with construction work, whether surviving spouses of some first responders should be exempt from property tax and if a special transportation fund should be created in anticipation of future new fuel tax revenue.  The Guide is available on PAR’s website at www.parlouisiana.org.

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

Not Without My Permission: Confidentiality and Release of Information Under the DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Process.


Thursday, September 21 | 10 a.m. CST

Register Here


Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Tuesday, September 26 | 10 a.m. CST Register Here

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

Automated Trucks on our Nation’s Highways.  American Trucking Associations (ATA) President/CEO Chris Spear recently testified during the Senate hearing entitled “Transportation Innovation: Automated Trucks and our Nation’s Highways” that examined the benefits of automated truck safety technology as well as the potential impacts on jobs and the economy.

During the hearing, Spear made the case for why autonomous vehicle technology holds enormous potential for the trucking industry, its drivers and the motoring public. With 94% of highway accidents attributed to human error, the successful deployment of AV technology can drastically reduce fatalities on the road. Moreover, the technology can deliver significant returns by reducing traffic congestion, improving driver productivity and decreasing emissions through lower fuel burn.

2017 Fall Conference Topics!

Make plans to attend the

LMTA Fall Transportation Conference

November 6-8, 2017

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center!

New State Police Colonel Reeves * DOTD 511 Changes * Multimodal Commission

Incident Management Training * FMCSA Update * New Employer Notification

New IRP Online System * New O/S-O/W Permit System

CLICK HERE to register and pay online!

CLICK HERE to make your hotel reservation!

CLICK HERE for the Fall Conference registration form!

2017 ATRI Top Industry Issues Survey.  As discussed by ATRI President Rebecca Brewster at the recent LMTA Annual Convention, the American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, sponsors a Top Industry Issues Survey every year.

The annual survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations, asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The survey is in its 13th year and participation by trucking stakeholders has grown each year.

“ATRI’s annual survey provides a chance for thousands of trucking industry professionals, from drivers to executives, to weigh in on the most important topics that affect trucking and collectively decide on the roadmap for addressing each. With your participation, we can speak with a collective industry voice on what is most important to us,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio.

Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey available on ATRI’s website at truckingresearch.org. The results of the 2017 survey will be released at the Annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition, to be held October 21-24 in Orlando.


If we get 25 survey responses from Louisiana, ATRI will provide us with a customized analysis of the issue and strategy ranking for Louisiana! This would be an invaluable tool to prepare for the 2018 Legislature! 

Louisiana M.O.V.E.S. 

“Monitoring of Vehicles and Employees Status” 

Continuous Monitoring of CDL Driver ODRs for Motor Carriers. 

LMTA is proud to announce our partnership with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and Envoc to launch the Louisiana employer notification program for motor carriers with drivers who are licensed in Louisiana.

“Monitoring of Vehicles and Employees Status” (MOVES) is a voluntary program that will provide the continuous monitoring of drivers’ operating records and will notify their motor carrier employers of any change in the status of a driver’s license.

MOVES was created out of a need for motor carriers to get advanced notification of any change in a driver’s license status that could affect their ability to drive a truck – i.e., suspension, revocation, etc.

ATA Trucking Safety, Security & HR Conference.  Join American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council and Transportation Security Council at the Annual Safety, Security, and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition, November 14-16 in Memphis, Tennessee. The three-day conference features industry-leading educational programs, technical committee meetings, general sessions, breakout sessions and round-tables. In addition, the exhibit hall showcases the latest products and solutions related to safety, security and human resources. Go to www.trucking.org for more information.

LMTA OPEN ROAD Magazine Advertising Opportunities! 

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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2017 LMTA Calendar of Events

Motor Carrier Compliance Seminar

October 12

Homewood Suites * Lafayette

Fall Transportation Conference

November 7-8

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

Motor Carrier Compliance Seminar

November 16

Baton Rouge Marriott

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2017 LMTA Seafood Gala

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

2017 LMTA Annual Convention

Visit this website for photos from the 2016 Annual Convention:  http://www.johnballance.net/p303619076


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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