BALZAC, Alta. – Truck drivers, fleet managers and inspection officers all sat down and had breakfast together Aug. 5 at the Balzac scales on Hwy. 2 north of Calgary.
Hosted by the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) and Inspection Services, the event was a way to show appreciation for the work done by both professional drivers and inspection officers. It is the only such breakfast of its kind in Alberta, bringing together enforcement officers and drivers.
“The purpose of this is to show appreciation for the men and women in the trucking industry and also to build a rapport with the officers at Inspection Services so the drivers can see a different side of them,” said Kim Royal, executive director of the AMTA.
Drivers passing through the scales throughout the morning were invited to join officers, other drivers and AMTA staff for pancakes, sausages and coffee. Royal said drivers who passed through were delighted to see the inspection officers also receiving some recognition.
“Most of the drivers seemed to have the time to come in and have breakfast,” said Royal, noting there were up to 40 people there at one time.
Drivers on a tight timetable and those who had already eaten breakfast also took a moment to grab a coffee or fill up their thermoses to take on the road.
In all, more than 100 drivers took advantage of the hospitality. They were also given a chance to check out a new infrared inspection van being demonstrated by Inspection Services and Thermal Eye Technologies.
The breakfast is held annually and organizers hope even more drivers will take the time to join them next year.
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