The Official Newsletter of

Louisiana's Trucking Industry  

September 9, 2022


2022 Annual Sponsor


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Join Us & Unleash the Mongoose!

Many companies in our industry are facing an existential threat from abusive lawsuits. Trial lawyers, such as the "Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys," have weaponized the courts with Reptile Theory.


The solution is straightforward: education, proactivity, and aggressiveness with the Mongoose Method. The second part of our Mongoose Method litigation training is open to new and returning students. 




Help Us Celebrate Truck Driver Appreciation Week

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: Sept 11 - 17

Celebrated annually, this year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week runs from September 11-17, 2022 and takes on a special meaning for our nation's economy! Professional truck drivers are the key ink in our nation's supply chain, continuing to deliver despite facing unprecedented obstacles. Truckers move America forward!

The LMTA Foundation is marking Louisiana's Truck Driving Appreciation Week on the road, through traditional and social media, as well as with our drivers!







Join Us & Unleash the Mongoose

Defend your business against excessive litigation from groups like the "Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys."

Many companies in our industry are facing an existential threat from abusive lawsuits. Trial lawyers, such as the "Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys(seen above), have weaponized the courts with Reptile Theory.

Their target is business, and their tactic has a hypnotic effect on jurors. Trial attorneys have abandoned justice in favor of a guaranteed payday from insured businesses. Small accidents reap settlements far out of proportion to actual damages. Meanwhile, the specter of a truly catastrophic loss – loss of life or limb – haunts us. Will it be the next nuclear verdict?


The solution is straightforward: education, proactivity, and aggressiveness with the Mongoose Method. But does it work? Let the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys tell you with their new webinar, "Caging the Mongoose: The "Newest" Method by Defendants to Avoid Accountability.


In this program, Dr. Bill Kanasky, shares the secrets behind the causes of nuclear verdicts and nuclear settlements and what trucking and transportation companies can do to protect themselves from these nuclear outcomes. Dr. Kanasky will teach attendees about The Reptile Theory, including what it is, how it works, why it has been so successful, and how to beat it. In the final part of the training, Dr. Kanasky will lead the group through intensive training on preparing for deposition testimony and facilitate a mock deposition with actual witnesses to demonstrate how he trains witnesses for a real deposition.

This is the second part of our Mongoose Method & the Reptile Theory litigation training. Returning and new students are welcome, there will be a remedial course to bring everyone up to speed for Part 2 and accompanying workshop!


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.

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 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

FMCSA has removed ELDorado’s ELD from the list of registered ELDs

Motor carriers and drivers using ELDorado ELDs have 60 days to replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs.

On September 7, 2022, FMCSA removed the following device from the list of registered ELDs due to the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A.

ELD Name: ELDorado ELD

Model number: ERS

ELD Identifier: ERS186

ELD Provider: ELDorado This device now appears on FMCSA’s Revoked Devices list.Motor carriers and drivers who use the device listed above must take the following actions: 

  1. Discontinue using the revoked device(s) and revert to paper logs or logging software to record required hours of service data.
  2. Replace the revoked device(s) with compliant ELD(s) from the Registered Devices list before November 7, 2022.

Motor carriers and drivers who continue to use the revoked ELDorado device listed above on or after November 7, 2022 will be in violation of 49 CFR 395.8(a)(1)—“No record of duty status” and drivers will be placed out-of-service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) OOS Criteria

If the ELD provider corrects all identified deficiencies, FMCSA will place the device back on the Registered Devices list and inform the industry and the field. However, FMCSA strongly encourages motor carriers to take the actions listed above now to avoid compliance issues in the event that these deficiencies are not addressed in time. 



National Weather Service Update - Lightning Risk Possible

Regional Weather Update, Rainfall Through Weekend

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

Main Takeaways:

  • Rain, locally heavy, likely through Saturday then drier finally
  • May see a cold front next week which could lead to slightly below-normal temperatures
  • Tropics are active but no impacts for us

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact the NWS  office by phone at 985-649-0429 or 504-522-7330. Use extension 4 to speak with a forecaster. You can also reach the NWS by email, using the email address to be sure your email reaches the people who are on shift at the office.

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FMCSA COVID Declaration & CDL Waiver Extended

Extension of Modified Emergency Decl.No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25


FMCSA grants a three-month waiver from certain regulations applicable to commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), as defined in 49 CFR § 383.5, in interstate and intrastate commerce, and States administering commercial driver’s license skills tests. FMCSA has initiated this action in response to the March 13, 2020, declaration of a national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to address continued supply chain disruptions exacerbated by COVID-19. The Agency issued waivers on March 28, 2020, June 17, 2020, September 18, 2020, December 15, 2020, February 16, 2021, May 26, 2021, August 31, 2021, November 29, 2021, February 26, 2022, and May 27, 2022 providing similar relief.



This waiver is effective September 1, 2022, and expires on November 30, 2022, or upon early termination by FMCSA, whichever is sooner.



Extension of the Modified Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25 (August 31, 2022)


Three-Month Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency – For States and CLP Holders Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles (August 31, 2022)


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Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits

Save the Dates:

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

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