The Official Newsletter of

Louisiana's Trucking Industry  

August 26, 2022


2022 Annual Sponsor



Congratulations National Champions

Louisiana Truck Driving Champions represent the state at Nationals in Indianapolis

This past Friday, winners for the American Trucking Association's (ATA) National Step Van & Truck Driving Championships were announced. First place division winners from the Louisiana Truck Driving Championships represented our state in the national competition held in Indianapolis, IL. 

The Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA) and the LMTA Foundation are proud to share our TWO national champions from this year's competition!

Damien Hebert of XPO Logistics took home first place in the twins' division of the national competition.

Additionally, Eric Courville with Fed Ex Freight was awarded second place in the sleeper birth division

The LMTA and LMTA Foundation are excited to launch our Louisiana Truck Driver Appreciation Toolkits online.


Media Toolkits include:

  • Pictures to post on social media during TDAW (Sept. 11-17)
  • Pre-made social media captions, customizable to your company
  • Press Release templates
  • Letter to the Editor templates
  • Trucking Fact Sheets & more educational materials

These materials will be available for download and we encourage all those within Louisiana's trucking industry to share these with their local news outlets and on social media.

Our goal is to remind all Louisianians that when the world stopped, truckers kept it moving!

Materials can be downloaded below or by visiting or


2022 Membership & Management Forum

Featuring Part 2: Mongoose Method Litigation Training

LMTA's Management & Membership Forum will be held November 8 - 9, at the Southern Hotel in Covington, LA.

This forum is dedicated to association collaboration and management. This year, alongside our Board of Directors meeting, we will host part two of the educational workshop on Reptile Theory and the Mongoose Method. There will be time to network and catch up with one another.

The second part of our Mongoose Method litigation training is open to new and returning students. For those who attended our first training, this is the companion workshop with mock jury sessions. Dr. Kanasky will be presenting a review of part one for those who missed our spring workshop or just need a refresher!



Opportunities for the 2022 Management & Membership Forum are available online, or by calling the LMTA Office at (225) 928-5682.


Tuesday, November 8

- Training: Day 1

(Mongoose Method Pt. 1 Recap)

  • Nuclear verdicts
  • Pre-litigation phase
  • The Reptile Theory
  • The neuroscience behind defeating the Reptile

- Evening Cocktail Social

Wednesday, November 9

- Training: Day 2

(Discovery phase)

  • Pre-deposition training
  • Mock deposition with class

- Membership Meetings

(Meetings are subject to change)

  • Board of Directors Meeting


Upcoming SMC Courtesy Vehicle Inspections

Don’t let your first interaction with the State Police happen on the side of the road! 

September Courtesy Vehicle Inspection

The LMTA Safety Management Council will host a courtesy vehicle inspection on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the Kentwood Weight Scales on I-55 near Kentwood. 

We will add details, including breakfast and meeting times, closer to our meeting. 

Weight Station:

Kentwood Weigh Station at I-55

(Outside Kentwood, LA)


LMTA 2023 Membership Directory 

Update Company Information & Advertisement Opportunities

We are excited to announce that the 2023 LMTA Membership Directory is slated to be mailed to the membership in the first week of November. The 2023 Directory will be mailed to all active members of the association. A password-protected digital version will also be accessible online for quick and easy access on the go!


Directory listings include the following information:

  • Company Name
  • Main Company Contact
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Fax Number
  • Main Contact's Email
  • Website
  • (IF APPLICABLE) Additional Company Contact, Location & information

     (Including additional locations/branches and their contact information)

In order to get the most updated and accurate information published, we ask that any member who has had changes in their company information over the past year please reach out to the LMTA office by Thursday, September 1, 2022, to update your information on file.

Please also note that only members who have paid their 2022 Membership Dues will be published in next year's directory. If you are unsure of your payment status, please reach out to our office.

Requests to update information or to check the status of your membership can be completed by either calling the LMTA Office at (225) 928-5682 or by emailing Accounting Director Burton Comeaux (


E&M Publishing will be working directly with the LMTA on next year's Membership Directory & Resource Guide As always, this publication will be mailed to every member – a great opportunity to promote and give your company additional exposure. If you have any questions or would like to advertise, please contact an E&M sales associate at 800-572-0011 ext.8005 or

1st Annual Fantasy Football League

Supporting TruckPAC, Political Action Committee of the LMTA


  • $206.00 per team; credit card payment only due by 08/31/22
  • 100 teams maximum (members only 50 trucking, 50 allied)
  • 11 weeks, playoffs start week 12 of NFL season

First come first served, sign up today!

Please email and to join or for details.

NOTE: Contributions to the league will directly benefit TruckPAC, the Political Action Committee of the LMTA. Contributions to TruckPAC are not tax-deductible. All contributors' names must be disclosed to the Louisiana Board of Ethics as donors.

Louisiana NATMI Certification Course

September 12 -16, 2022 | Baton Rouge, LA

The LMTA Safety Management Council will host a five-day NATMI certification course on September 12 - 16, 2022 at the LMTA office. This course will offer certification for both the Certified Director of Safety (CDS) and the Certified Safety Supervisor (CSS) with the certification exam taking place Friday, September 16 following the course. 


WHEN: September. 12-16

WHERE: LMTA Office (4838 Bennington Avenue, Baton Rouge LA)

CERTIFICATIONS OFFERED: Certified Director of Safety (CDS); Certified Safety Supervisor (CSS) 

REGISTRATION: Complete online through NATMI

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. David Guess

The North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) is North America's leading certification and training organization for today's transportation professionals. 

Certifications through NATMI are recognized throughout the industry and are a professional way to measure your performance and growth. We invite all members to read more on the Benefits of NATMI Certification for both applicants and employers. We hope to see you in September!


LMTA Member Exclusive NO COST Employee Benefits

New 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.

Benefits Specialist
(678) 977-5175
(404) 314-6799

National Weather Service Update - Excessive Rain Possible

Regional Weather Update, Rainfall Through Weekend

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

Main Takeaways:

  • The wet pattern will continue with threats of heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Several river flood warnings are also in effect, with prolonged flooding expected along the Pearl River.
  • The flash flood watch is currently in effect through 7pm this evening. We don't currently expect to extend it as the threat does look more localized tomorrow through the weekend, but if that changes we will definitely send an update.
  • Rain chances remain high Mon/Tues, but amounts look to be a little lower, hopefully providing a lull in the locally heavy rain threat
  • The tropical wave moving through the Caribbean could send more moisture into the area during the second half of next week, once again resulting in a heavy rain threat
  • Neither the wave in the eastern Caribbean nor the wave off of Africa poses any immediate threat to the local area.
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ATRI’s Newest Operational Costs Research Documents Costliest Year Ever in Trucking
2022 An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking from ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the findings of its 2022 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking. A record number of motor carriers contributed their 2021 financial data for this year’s research. The “Ops Costs” report provides detailed breakdowns of numerous line-item costs by fleet size and sector, allowing for tailored benchmarking.

The total marginal cost of trucking grew by 12.7 percent in 2021 to $1.855 per mile, the highest on record. Leading contributors to this increase were fuel (35.4% higher than in 2020), repair and maintenance (18.2% higher than in 2020), and driver wages (10.8% higher than in 2020). On a cost-per-hour basis, costs increased to $74.65.

(A full copy of the report is available through ATRI’s website here.
Save the Dates:
NATMI Certification Course
Join North America's leading certification and training organization for today's transportation professionals
September 12 - 16, 2022
LMTA Office - Baton Rouge, LA

September Courtesy Vehicle Inspection

September 20, 2022 | Kentwood Scales


October Courtesy Vehicle Inspection

October 11, 2022 | Greenwood Scales

Management & Membership Forum
PART 2: Mongoose Method Training
Featuring: Mongoose Method Litigation Defense Training Pt. 2
DATE MOVED: Nov. 8-9, 2022

November Courtesy Vehicle Inspection

November 10, 2022 | Delta/Vicksburg Scales

LMTA's Transportation Conference
Hear from industry experts on trucking issues
Jan. 17 & 18, 2022
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Consumer spending rose 0.1% in July

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