HOS Restart + 73 Hour/Week Cap
Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Bill with Truck Initiatives
Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed its Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill for USDOT. Included in the comprehensive legislation is a technical correction to the suspension of the July 2013 restrictions on the use of the 34-hour restart. The bill will next go to the Senate floor for consideration.
Other trucking-related initiatives in the bill include a deadline for USDOT to finish work on a rule to mandate the use of speed limiters on heavy trucks and assign more federal funds for the deployment of autonomous vehicles.
Oppose Waste Tire Fee in House Natural Resources Committee. HB 1027 by Rep. Jack Montoucet will be heard on Wednesday, April 27th in the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill increases the waste tire fee currently assessed on the purchase of new tires:
Auto Truck Off-Road Retread
Current Fee: $2.00 $5.00 $10.00 $1.25
Proposed Fee: $3.00 $7.50 $20.00 $1.50
The legislation also provides for increasing the fee annually by indexing the fee to the CPI or 4%, whichever is greater. And, it includes an increase in the payout from $.0754 per pound to $.11 per pound to the processor.
Call the members of the House Natural Resources Committee and ask them to oppose the waste tire fee increases on April 27th but to support changes to the program that will make it a credible, viable environmental incentive program. (See Committee Roster below.)
HB 625 – Prohibits Fines for Non-Reportable Haz-Mat Releases. HB 625 (Rep. Terry Landry) will be heard in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, April 26th at 9:00 am. This bill prohibits the State Police from issuing a violation or a fine for careless handling of hazardous materials if reporting the release was not required by law. LMTA requested the legislation after several motor carriers received thousands of dollars in fines for reporting minimal releases of hazardous materials, i.e., 8 ounces of household paint spilled on a dock at a truck terminal.
Last year, Rep. Terry Landry passed legislation creating the Hazardous Materials Task Force which met over the past year and suggested changes to the haz-mat regulations. HB 625 provides one of the recommended changes, which is to specifically prohibit the issuance of a violation or a fine when a person/company reports an incident involving a hazardous material that does not meet the reporting criteria as set forth in present law (R.S. 32:1510).
SUPPORT HB 625 with AMENDMENTS.
House Transportation Committee: Havard, Kenneth (Chairman), Landry, Terry (Vice Chair), Adams, Bryan, Brown, Terry R., Carpenter, Barbara, Carter, Stephen F., Franklin, A B, Gisclair, Jerry,Guinn, John E., Hall, Jeffrey “Jeff”, Hill, Dorothy Sue, Howard, Frank A., LeBas, H. Bernard, Marcelle, Denise, Montoucet, Jack, Norton, Barbara M., Pierre, Vincent J., Pope, J. Rogers, and White, Malinda.
HB 1027 – Increases Waste Tire Fees – OPPOSE! Contact the members of the House Natural Resources Committee and ask them to opposeHB 1027 (Rep. Jack Montoucet) that will be heard at 9:30 am on Wednesday, April 27th. (Click on each representative’s name for their email link.)
Bishop, Stuart (Chair) Lafayette (337) 981-7409
Leopold, Chris (V. Chair) Belle Chasse (504) 393-5649
Armes, James K. Leesville (337) 238-7004
Billiot, Robert E. Westwego (504) 436-8929
Brown, Terry R. Colfax (855) 261-6566
Chaney, Charles R. Rayville (318) 728-5875
Coussan, Jean-Paul Lafayette (337) 262-2400
DeVillier, Phillip Eunice (337) 457-0194
Gisclair, Jerry Larose (985) 798-7707
Guinn, John E. Jennings (337) 824-0376
Lyons, Rodney Harvey (504) 510-5417
McFarland, Jack Jonesboro (318) 259-4275
Miguez, Blake Erath (337) 937-8827
Montoucet, Jack Crowley (337) 783-2999
Morris, James “Jim“ Oil City (318) 995-6852
White, Malinda Bogalusa (985) 730-2147
Zeringue, Jerome Houma (985) 876-8823
Other legislation on the committee’s agenda related to the DEQ Waste Tire Program include the following: HB 631 (Miguez) Provides for types of tires and penalties for failure to comply with the Waste Tire Program and HB 1096 (Hilferty) Provides for payments to processors for recycling of tires.
Truck Safety Data Improves – Fatalities Down. The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased in 2014 by 5%, to 3,744 from 3,921 in 2013, according to a report released April 15 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
LMTA SMC Safety Meeting Recap. The LMTA SMC held a courtesy vehicle inspection at the Baptist Scales on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Prior to the inspections the members met for a breakfast safety meeting. Representative from the Louisiana State Police, M/T Tim Grigsby and M/T Ronald Furca along with Jonathan Weiner with FMCSA provided updates from their agencies.
FMCSA “Beyond Compliance” Program. FMCSA recently issued a notice and request for comments on a future “Beyond Compliance” program, as mandated by the FAST Act. Under the program, the agency would create an 8th CSA BASIC to recognize fleets that voluntarily adopt safety tools, technologies and programs – when CSA public display is restored in the future.
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How to Contact Legislators at the Capitol:
House: PH (225) 342-6945 Senate: PH (225) 342-2040
FAX (225) 342-8336 FAX (225) 342-0617
Official Legislative Website: www.legis.state.la.us
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2016 LMTA Seafood Gala
Visit this website for Photos from the 2016 Gala: http://www.johnballance.net/p278451560#h70174103
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2016 LMTA Calendar of Events
76th Annual LMTA Convention
Perdido Beach Resort
July 21-23, 2016
Orange Beach, FL
National Truck Driving Championships
August 9-13, 2016
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
September 11-17, 2016
LMTA Call on Washington
September 20-22, 2016
Fall Transportation Conference
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin
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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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