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January 6, 2023

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January 6, 2023

The Official Newsletter of Louisiana's Trucking Industry


  • Jan 18 - Louisiana Transportation Conference   Register Now!  
  • Safety Management Council Events & Updates
  • Free Compliance Seminar - West Monroe Feb. 7
  • Larry Terrell Named ATA Vice President - Alt
  • Advertising Opportunities Open for 2024 Directory
  • LMTA Insurance Management Services
  • LADOTD Shares E-Ticking Demonstration for Construction Vendors
  • Some Emergency Declaration for Winter Weather Remain in Effect
  • Weather Update & Advisories (No Advisories) 

Updates from Louisiana's Transportation Industry!

The Official Newsletter of Louisiana's Trucking Industry

January 6, 2023





  • LADOTD Shares E-Ticking Demonstration for Construction Vendors
  • Some Emergency Declaration for Winter Weather Remain in Effect



2023 Louisiana Transportation Conference | Jan 18

Congressman Graves, DOTD Sec. Wilson, First Lady Edwards, Representatives from OMV, FMCSA, State Police, & MORE!

Join us for our 2023 Transportation Conference on January 18 at the Cook Hotel & Conference Center on the Louisiana State University campus. 

Meet and speak directly with agency leaders, regulators, and politicians as we discuss issues ranging from infrastructure to logistics that affect the everyday operations and business of Louisiana's transportation industry. 

There will be ample opportunities to network and visit including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities - which are limited. A tentative speaker and schedule details can be found below. 



2023 Louisiana Transportation Conference

Cook Hotel & Conference Center | Baton Rouge

January 18, 2023 | 8:00am - 5:00pm

Registration can be completed online!

Room block information & registration.

Membership meetings: We asked that all members register for the meetings they plan to attend. 

Please note that speakers, topics and times are subject to change.

  • 8:00 - 8:30 am | Breakfast & Welcome with Sen. Sharon Hewitt
  • 8:30 - 9:00 am | Updates from the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) with Jill Jarreau
  • 9:00 - 10:00 am | Updates from the LADOTD with Sec. Shawn Wilson
  • 10:00 - 10:15 am | Exhibitor Break
  • 10:15 - 10:45 am | The State of Insurance a discussion with Tim Temple – The Committee of 100
  • 10:45 - 11:15 am | Updates from Louisiana State Police (LSP) with Major Frank Besson
  • 11:15 - 11:30 am | Exhibitor Break
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm | Changes in Louisiana’s Political Landscape a discussion with Jeremy Alford –  LaPolitics Weekly
  • 12:15  - 12:45 pm | Updates from FMCSA with Bill Norris - Division Administrator
  • 12:45 - 1:15 pm | Human Trafficking & the Trucking Industry with special guest First Lady Donna Edwards
  • 1:15 - 1:30 pm | Exhibitor Break
  • 1:30 - 2:30 pm | Louisiana Judicial Reform a discussion with Lauren Hadden – LABI Judicial Program Director
  • 2:30 - 3:45 pm | 2023 Session: Louisiana’s Legislative Outlook with Rep. Paula Davis (R-69) & Sen. Mike Reese (R-30)
  • 3:45 - 4:30 pm | Updates from Washington, D.C., with Congressman Garret Graves 

LMTA Safety Management Council (SMC) Updates
Courtesy Inspections, TDC Planning & More!

Per chairman Jeff Beam, we will hold a Safety Management Council meeting on January 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the Cook Hotel and Conference Center. The following day is our Louisiana Transportation Conference, which is followed by an SMC Courtesy Inspection on Thursday, January 18 in Breaux Bridge.


As many of you are aware, we are getting geared up in earnest for the Truck Driving Championships so it’s an important meeting. We also just scheduled a Compliance Seminar for Feb 7 in West Monroe.


Our SMC calendar also details the many other SMC activities that we will undertake this year. We hope that members will join us for these important learning and networking opportunities!



- Jan 17: SMC Truck Driving Championships Planning Meeting

- Jan 19: CVI - Breaux Bridge

- Feb 7: Compliance Seminar - West Monroe presented by the LMTA Foundation 


Compliance Seminar - West Monroe | Feb. 7
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
Topics: Reviewing Part A & Level 6 Compliance for Inspections
Registration: Free & open to all - Must be completed online.


Larry Terrell Named ATA Vice President - Alt | 22-23 Term

Prior to the holiday break, the Association's elected officer for the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Vice President resigned.


As a result of this resignation, the Board voted during the fall meeting in Covington, LA to appoint ATA Vice President - Alternate Mitch Guillot to the position. With the appointment this left the ATA Vice President - Alternate position open. 


As stated in the Association's bylaws, the LMTA Nominating Committee convened and chose Larry Terrell with Northlake Moving as their nominee to fill the position. No additional nominees were shared. We are excited to announce that Larry Terrell will serve as ATA Vice President - Alternate on the association's Executive Committee for the remaining 2022-2023 term.


Congratulations Mr. Terrell, we thank you for your service and dedication to our association and industry!


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-Ticking 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,


Some Emergency Declaration for Winter Weather Remain in Effect

The winter storm that moved through much of the country in the new year caused several states to serve emergency declarations. Some of these declarations may still be in effect or discontinued.


As always, we encourage members to consult the FMCSA portal for the latest information. 



WEATHER - National Weather Service: No Advisories

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


Main Takeaways:

  • Sunny and seasonably mild. Highs will warm into the mid to upper 60s for Friday.
  • Over the weekend - mostly cloudy with rain chances increasing late and seasonably mild. Highs will warm into the low to mid-70s.


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