American Trucking Associations released the list of 34 professional truck drivers chosen as finalists for the 2019-20 term of America’s Road Team on Oct. The finalists hail from 22 states, haul a diverse assortment of products and materials and include shorthaul and over-the-road drivers operating in the lower 48 states. “ATA (American Trucking Associations) believes the men and women who work safely day after day to deliver our goods — truck drivers — are the best representatives of the trucking industry, and we are inspired by the finalists for the upcoming class of America’s Road Team,” President Chris Spear said.
“Throughout the evaluation process, we read and heard stories from truck drivers about pride, courage and selflessness — the kinds of stories we are excited to share with the public, media and elected officials.” America’s Road Team was created in 1986 to represent the industry and is sponsored by Volvo Trucks. “The trucking industry has millions of truck drivers who work tirelessly to safely deliver goods to our communities, so it is a major responsibility to represent that workforce as an America’s Road Team captain,” ATA Chief Operating Officer Elisabeth Barna said. “These finalists, and all the nominees, are valuable representatives for our industry, and we are looking forward to meeting them in January and welcoming a new team to join the proud legacy of being an America’s Road Team captain.”
The team will be chosen by industry officials and trucking news media representatives Jan. Finalists will be judged on knowledge of trucking, dedication to safety, ability to communicate the industry’s messages and overall safe driving record. To be nominated, drivers must be employed or leased to an ATA member company.
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