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January 20, 2023

Truck Talk, the Official Newsletter of Louisiana's Trucking Industry, is a weekly digital publication with the latest updates from the LMTA as well as industry-specific news and content. Issues are stored here for six months then automatically rolled off.

January 20, 2023

The Official Newsletter of Louisiana's Trucking Industry


  • Free Trucking Compliance Seminar West Monroe - Feb. 7
  • Truck Driving Championships Registration & Safety Awards Nominations are open!
  • NTTC & LMTA Cargo Tank Test & Inspection Workshop - Apr 11 & 12
  • Advertising Opportunities Open for 2024 Directory
  • LMTA Insurance Management Services
  • LADOTD Shares E-Ticking Demonstration for Construction Vendors
  • Weather Update & Advisories (No Advisories) 
  • & MORE!


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Updates from Louisiana's Transportation Industry!

The Official Newsletter of Louisiana's Trucking Industry

January 20, 2023


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  • LADOTD Shares E-Ticking Demonstration for Construction Vendors



Compliance Seminar - West Monroe | Feb. 7
Free Registration | Presented by the LMTA Foundation

Our February 7 seminar will be held at the Hampton Inn in West Monroe, LA, covering ways for drivers and companies can improve safety scores and regulatory violations. Presented by the LMTA Foundation as part of our mission to execute education and research projects for the Louisiana trucking industry, registration for this seminar is free of charge and open to all. Please complete registration using the link below or by clicking here.


Compliance Seminar - West Monroe
Location: Hampton Inn West Monroe
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Time: 8:00am - Noon
Presenters: Sgt. Brady Johnson - Louisiana State Police; FMCSA Representatives
Registration: Free & open to all - Must be completed online.


Truck Driving Championships & Safety Award Applications are NOW OPEN!
Information, Details & Deadlines Below!


The Louisiana Truck Driving Championships (TDC) is a competition of professional truck drivers hosted each year by the Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA) and is the regional qualifier for the National Truck Driving Championships hosted by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). As part of the LMTA Foundation's mission to promote safety and highlight driver excellence in Louisiana's trucking industry, there is no registration fee for the Louisiana Championships.


The TDC has a long history within the LMTA, and was previously known as the Louisiana Truck Rodeo. The TDC competitors comprise eight driving classes and feature drivers throughout the state. During the TDC competition, each driver can demonstrate his or her driving and inspection skills, knowledge and professionalism through a series of tests.


Each driver is graded in three tasks:

  1. Written examination
  2. Pre-trip inspection test
  3. Driving skills test

Our 2023 Truck Driving Championships will be held March 3-4, 2023. The registration, testing and awards banquet will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge off of Bluebonnet Blvd. The Pre-trip inspection and driving course will be hosted in the Blue Bayou and Dixie Landing Amusement Park overflow parking lot in Baton Rouge, located on the corner of Highland Road and the I-10 W on-ramp.  





The LMTA in partnership with Great West Casualty Company and the LMTA Foundation, are proud to offer the following awards programs to those throughout Louisiana's trucking industry. These awards are dedicated to safety professionals and professional drivers for improving safety and the image of our industry every day.


Please see each award's specific form for details and notes of consideration. Awards will be presented during the 2023 Louisiana Truck Driving Championships Awards Banquet. Please plan to have a representative from your company or selected nominee attend.



- Fleet Safety Awards (DEADLINE JAN 27)
- Safety Professional of the Year (DEADLINE FEB 10)
- Truck Driver of the Year (DEADLINE FEB 10) 

If you have any questions, please contact the LMTA Office.




LMTA & NTTC Cargo Tank Workshop | Apr. 11 & 12

The National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) Cargo Tank Test & Inspection Workshop is coming to Baton Rouge April 11 - 12, 2023. The cargo tank workshops are designed to help cargo tank repair technicians, testers, and inspectors comply with current regulations – whether as a bulk carrier or as a commercial repair facility. Each workshop focuses on compliance with USDOT’s cargo tank qualification and maintenance regulations found in 49 CFR Parts 107 and 180. 


The course includes a workbook and a copy of the 55th Edition of NTTC's Bulk Hazmat Compliance Guide. Registration is limited.


LMTA members - use the promo code listed on our website to receive special membership pricing!


Cargo Tank Test & Inspection Workshop

Location: Embassy Suites Baton Rouge

Date: April 11 - 12, 2023

Registration: Complete online (LMTA promo code for special pricing available) 


Advertising Opportunities Open for 2024 Directory

The Louisiana Motor Transport Association has partnered with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce our Membership Directory.  The publication will be available in both print and digital formats.  E&M will manage the project, including advertising sales and layout/graphic design.  They are highly professional and produce a high-quality publication, and we ask that you give them a moment of your time.  E&M will be contacting all Industry Professionals about the advertising opportunities available.  The publication is a great opportunity to promote and give your company additional exposure. 


If you have any questions or want to advertise, please contact an E&M sales associate at 800-572-0011 ext. 8005 or  As always, your support is greatly appreciated!  


LMTA Member Exclusive NO COST Employee Benefits 
Benefit plans from LMTA Insurance Management!

We are excited to share our partnership with Mengel Financial Group to bring our members our new benefit plans under LMTA Insurance Management!


Since 2005, Mengel Financial Group has been offering Voluntary Employee Benefits to meet the needs of companies and their employees. Mengel Financial Group is committed to providing our members with the best and most affordable group benefits based on their specific needs. Offering Voluntary Employee Benefits strengthens relationships with your employees and improves retention and recruitment. 


All of the benefits are offered at NO COST TO THE EMPLOYER. Mengel Financial Group has partnered with over 20 insurance carriers, which allows us to provide the best and most affordable benefits to satisfy our member's employee’s needs. Many of their benefit offerings are Guaranteed Issue requiring no medical questions or medical exam.


Mengel Financial Group has been saving companies, employees & owner operators money on benefits since 1989, working with the Georgia Motor Transport Association in recent years, providing their members with affordable benefits.


LMTA Insurance Management also has a local benefits specialist in Tiffany VanHazebroeck, located in Mandeville, LA. Tiffany is ready to help our member companies provide their employees with exclusive voluntary benefits!


For more information or inquiries on benefits - please contact Tiffany VanHazebroeck or Ted Mengel whose information is listed in their profiles here.


(678) 977-5175 



(404) 314-6799 



LADOTD Shares E-Ticketing Demonstration for Construction Vendors



The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced the launch of a demonstration of an e-Ticketing Portal. LADOTD has worked closely with HaulHub Technologies to develop a portal that will interface with the contractor’s existing e-Ticketing platform and will allow LADOTD, and their jobsite inspectors, to seamlessly manage digital workflows in a single environment.  


E-Ticketing will allow LADOTD to improve safety for everyone on the jobsite and utilize inspectors more efficiently as materials are tracked in a paperless environment. Our goal during this demonstration is to use the HaulHub e-ticketing portal on several asphalt, ready mix, and aggregate projects across the state.


We encourage all contractors and suppliers who are interested in participating in the demonstration to go to the link below to learn more information about connecting data to the e-ticketing portal. The portal will allow for uniformity, and one system, for LADOTD inspectors to access and consistently view construction materials being delivered to construction projects, in real time, without having to rely on paper to track the job’s progress. 


For suppliers with existing e-Ticketing services, the LADOTD Portal provides API access, and HaulHub will assist in setting up this connection. For suppliers without a provider, HaulHub can also provide a no-cost solution to ensure that  tickets are sent to the LADOTD portal.


We encourage all members to reach out to HaulHub directly, or visit, to begin the process of connecting e-tickets.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Patrick Icenogle,



WEATHER - National Weather Service: No Advisories

Here is an update from our partners at the New Orleans and Baton Rouge NWS.


Main Takeaways:

  • Tonight will be cloudy with increasing rain chances through the night. Lows will dip into the upper 40s and lower 50s.
  • This weekend, Cool with showers and thunderstorms through the day. Highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s.
  • Marginal flood risk in low lying areas or those with poor drainage. Persistent moderate to heavy rainfall at times could cause some areas with poor drainage to hold water causing these areas to flood.


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