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LMTA Fall Transportation Conference

November 2-3, 2016 * Hilton Capitol Center * Baton Rouge

The annual LMTA Fall Transportation Conference “Trucking in Louisiana” will be held on November 2-3, 2016 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.

Exhibit Booths. We are 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. Each Vendor will also be given an opportunity to give away an item during the Vendor Lunch on Thursday, November 3rd. Exhibit space is limited – Reserve it today!

Topics Include…

Special Truck Permit Task Force * DOTD Permits * FHWA

FMCSA Compliance * State Police Safety & Size/Weight Enforcement

Fatigue Management * Business Interruption Insurance

Board of Directors Meeting * Vendor Expo

The hotel room Group Rate is $124. To reserve your hotel room today, call the Capitol Hilton direct at 800-955-6962 and use the group code “LMTA”. The hotel cut-off date is October 11, 2015. To register for the conference CLICK HERE 2016-fc-1-pg-registration-form for the attached advance registration form.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.  Governor John Bel Edwards made it official!  He proclaimed September 11-17, 2016 as Truck Driver Appreciation Week in Louisiana.  CLICK HERE 2016-ntdaw-governors-proclamation for a copy of the official proclamation. 

     LA-DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson also rode in a Quality Transport truck from Shreveport to Lake Charles and in a Dupre Logistics truck from Lafayette to DOTD HQ in Baton Rouge – over the Atchafalaya Basin, the Mississippi River Bridge and through the I-10/12 split!  He now has a new appreciation for truck drivers!  And, thanks to Governor Edwards and LAMAR for adding a big “We love our truck drivers!” message on their digital billboards around the state. Please send us a photos and descriptions of NTDAW events that you sponsored for the LMTA OPEN ROAD magazine!

LMTA Motor Carrier Safety Compliance Seminars.  LMTA will once again host one-day seminars on Motor Carrier Safety and Hazardous Materials Transportation to help you comply with the regulations! Along with lecture from a seasoned professional, attendees will receive training materials, handouts and lunch.

     CLICK HERE 2016-mcs-seminars-1-pg-registration-form  to register with the advance registration form and make your hotel room reservations directly with the hotel. For more information or to register, call the LMTA office.

October 18                 

Holiday Inn Express *  4348 Constitution Ave

Baton Rouge

$119 S/D                     

PH 225-930-0150                   

November 16             

Doubletree Hotel * 1521 W Pinhook Road


$109 S/D                     

PH 800-222-8733                   

ATA Safety, Security & Human Resources Conference & Exhibition.  The ATA Safety Management Council and Transportation Security Council’s “Safety, Security & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition” will be held on October 24-26, 2016 at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel, Cox Convention Center and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

     This three-day education and networking event for professionals engaged in commercial motor carrier safety, security, human resources, claims and loss prevention. It will culminate with the Annual Safety & Security Awards Reception and Banquet at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. To register and get more information, go to www.trucking.org Feel free, too, to share the attachments with other colleagues you believe would benefit from this premier annual event.

ATRI & Mayo Clinic Research on Medical Examiner Registry.  The American Transportation Research Institute and Mayo Clinic recently launched a set of surveys designed to solicit motor carrier and commercial driver input on the impact that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has had on the driver medical exam process. 

     The research collaboration between ATRI and Mayo Clinic will quantify how effective the NRCME process is in improving the DOT physical exam process, and ensuring that medical examiners understand FMCSA regulations and guidance for issuing medical certificates.

     The research includes three separate data collection surveys; one each for motor carriers, commercial drivers and medical examiners.  The first two surveys for motor carriers and drivers are available on ATRI’s website.  Mayo Clinic will be distributing the third survey to medical examiners through their targeted network.

     Motor carriers and commercial drivers are encouraged to complete the confidential surveys available online at www.atri-online.org.

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.

2016 ATA MC&E Early Bird Deadline: August 19th.  Early Bird deadline has been moved to August 19 for the 2016 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition, held October 1-4 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The agenda is jam packed with topics such as: food safety shipping regulations, supply chain security, electronic logging devices and more. Register before the Early Bird deadline and save $250. First-time registrants also save up to $750! Register today.

2016 LMTA Annual Convention

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

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

Motor Carrier Safety Compliance Seminars

October 18 – Baton Rouge * November 16 – Lafayette

Fall Transportation Conference

November 2-3, 2016

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center


Baton Rouge

 Read this week’s LMTA Legislative Bulletin

for more information on these stories…

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!

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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