Release Date: 18 February 2016
Release ID: 5739
Today, American Trucking Associations opened the nominating process for professional truck drivers to serve on the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team.
“Being selected as part of America’s Road Team means joining a group that represents the trucking industry as its greatest ambassadors,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “These elite professional drivers lend a voice to trucking professionals from all segments of the industry and help make trucking a safer, more productive and more respected industry.”
Every two years, the torch is passed to a new group of America’s Road Team Captains, while America’s Road Team Captains from previous classes remain very active within the program – serving as mentors and attending events alongside the newest class. The professional drivers, most of whom have millions of accident-free miles, take a few days away from their companies each month to meet with the motoring public, the news media, students, transportation officials and public policy makers to perform truck safety demonstrations and explain the sustainable role that trucking plays in the nation’s economy.
America’s Road Team was formed in 1986 in order to give an authentic voice to the millions of professional truck drivers who operate safely and efficiently throughout North America. Since America’s Road Team’s inception, Captains have traveled the country with the mission of educating millions on highway safety, trucking’s essentiality and the importance of pride and professionalism in the industry. The program makes a difference by teaching the motoring public about how to properly operate a vehicle near a large truck and advocating for safer driving conditions in front of public officials, business and community leaders and the news media.
“America's Road Team Captains provide a remarkable service as industry ambassadors to help further our important issues of essentiality, safety and sustainability," said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American sales & marketing. "They are elite professional drivers and elite educators, and we're eager to work with the men and women who will serve as the face of the trucking industry in 2017-2018 as America's Road Team Captains."
In addition, America’s Road Team Captains make appearances at events ranging from the National Conference of State Legislators to major industry conferences to local driver safety meetings to emphasize the importance of safety and professionalism and the need to diligently portray the industry in a positive light.
“Professional truck drivers, like me, are proud of the work we do each day to provide our nation with everything it needs in a safe and efficient way,” said America’s Road Team Captain Danny Smith (Big G Express Inc.), a member of the 2015-2016 class. “It’s an honor to serve alongside the men and women who are passionate about trucking and committed to improving the way the public views our industry.”
To nominate a professional truck driver, please carefully read the eligibility requirements and fill out the nomination form found at: www.americasroadteam.com. Nominations are due August 22. Finalists will be announced October 22, with the final selection taking place in January 2017.
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