LMTA Call on Washington
Motor Carriers Meet with Louisiana Congressional Delegation
For the past 25 years, together with the American Trucking Associations, LMTA has sponsored a trip for motor carrier executives from Louisiana to go to Washington, D.C to discuss issues of importance to our industry with our Congressional delegation. This year’s group discussed our position on the pending highway bill, highway funding alternatives, FMCSA and the CSA program – specifically crash accountability and more. (See “Congressional Priorities attached.) It is encouraging to visit with our elected officials and see their willingness to listen to our concerns and educate them on the issues impacting the trucking industry in Louisiana. The following individuals participated in the 2015 LMTA Call on Washington:
Glen Guillot Southeastern Motor Freight Jefferson
Keely Moe Grammar Industries Theodore, AL
Sam Lampo Quality Transport Baton Rouge
Greg Morrison Quality Transport Bossier City
Mark Roberts Dupre Logistics Lafayette
Terry Warren Aeropres Corp. Sibley
Kary & Sharon Bryce Preferred Materials Sibley
Todd & Christy Ruple Preferred Materials Sibley
John Austin Bengal Transportation Prairieville
Jeff Cronan Bengal Transportation Prairieville
Shane Tubre Bengal Transportation Prairieville
NEW ORLEANS TRUCK SURVEY. Reminder! The Regional Planning Commission (RPC) for the greater New Orleans area needs motor carriers to complete a survey to help them include ways to improve truckoperations in their highway and infrastructure planning.
NEW JERSEY ANTI-INDEMNIFICATION LEGISLATION – 43RD STATE! Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law anti-indemnification legislation. With enactment of the New Jersey law, the total number of states with anti-indemnity statutes is now 43 states. Congratulations, New Jersey Motor Truck Association!
KENTUCKY KYU NUMBER – TAKE IT OFF! Some motor carriers’ trucks still have stenciled on the cab doors either a Tennessee motor fuel number or a Kentucky KYU number. You no longer need either one!
FMCSA 34-HOUR RESTART STUDY. Last month FMCSA completed the data collection portion of their naturalistic driving study investigating the link between the 34-hour restart restrictions and driver health and safety. The study, which collected data on more than 220 drivers over five months, now moves into the data analysis phase. Once the analysis is complete, FMCSA must draft the report, have it peer reviewed and approved by the Department of Transportation Inspector General before transmitting it to Congress.
EARLY VOTING BEGINS OCTOBER 10 FOR GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY. Early voting begins October 10 for the Gubernatorial Primary, and Election Day is October 24. Take time to study the constitutional amendments with this guide from the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana.
FMCSA ONBOARD RECORDER GUIDANCE – DRIVER CORECTIONS. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised its guidance pertaining to automatic onboard recording devices to give drivers a chance to correct inaccurate information. The new regulatory guidance will be effective the date it’s published in the Federal Register.
IRS GUIDANCE – 2014 BONUS DEPRECIATION. For some years now, the federal tax law has included a provision allowing business taxpayers to take an additional 50 percent of depreciation on nearly all business property placed into service in the tax year. Bonus depreciation was not in effect for 2014, until, very late in the year, Congress reenacted it, retroactively, for calendar 2014.
The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance for taxpayers who did not did not claim the bonus depreciation last year on how they may claim the depreciation.
CELADON PURCHASES TANGO TRANSPORT. One of Celadon Groups subsidiaries has purchased select assets of the truckload business of Tango Transport, a Louisiana-based carrier. The move is aimed at growing Celadon’s business by adding density to the company’s primary traffic lanes and as a way to gain experienced drivers. Celadon expects the acquisition to provide Tango’s former customers with improved service through an upgraded equipment fleet, technology and more available assets for dispatch.
LMTA Fall Transportation Conference – November 18-19 Baton Rouge
The annual LMTA Fall Transportation Conference “Trucking in Louisiana” will be held on November 18-19, 2015 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. As in the past, we have invited a representative of the state and federal agencies that impact truck operations to give you an update on current issues and events related to their office.
We will also be offering our allied industry an opportunity to promote their goods and services with table-top exhibits inside the meeting room to maximize their exposure to participants.
MCSAP Enforcement – HOS, EOBRs, SMS * Size & Weight Enforcement
National Highway Bill Safety Initiatives * Truckers Against Trafficking
New MVR Fees * DOTD Permits * FMCSA Compliance/CSA Update
Leadership LMTA * Board of Directors Meeting
The hotel room Group Rate is $122(available Nov 17, 18 & 19 ONLY).To reserve your hotel room today, call the Capitol Hilton direct at 800-955-6962 and ask for the “Louisiana Motor Transport Association Block” or go online at www.resweb.passkey.com, select “Attendee” as the “guest type”. The hotel cut-off date is October 19, 2015. To register for the conference, please use the attached advance registration form. Click here…Fall Conference 1 Page Reg
The official brochure will be in the mail soon. Please use the attached form to pre-register for the conference and/or call the LMTA office for more information.
ATA Management Conference & Exhibition – October 17-20, 2015. “Whether you’ve got 5 trucks, 500 trucks or 5,000 trucks, you inherently have the same problems,” said John Stomps, President & CEO, Total Transportation of MS. “MCE is going to give you all of the perspectives of what you are facing out there as a company.” MCE is a four-day meeting of trucking executives from across the country that focuses on safe, profitable trucking. Topics include economic, regulatory, and business trends. This year’s meeting will take place on October 17-20, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center & Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, in Philadelphia. Go to www.trucking.org for more information or to register!
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!
Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin
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2015 LMTA Calendar of Events
Fall Transportation Conference
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
November 18-19, 2015
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Louisiana Press Association
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