APTA names top truck drivers at Atlantic championships
August 1, 2006
MASSTOWN, N.S. - The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) has recognized the top truck drivers in Atlantic Canada, following the 2006 APTA Professional Truck Driving Championships held at Co...
CHECK IT OUT: The pre-trip inspection was just one of the skills drivers had to show their mastery of as part of the competition.
TIGHT SQUEEZE: A judge looks on as one of the competitors angles his way through the course. Winners from the Atlantic championships will move on to the Nationals in Quebec City.
MASSTOWN, N.S. – The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) has recognized the top truck drivers in Atlantic Canada, following the 2006 APTA Professional Truck Driving Championships held at Commercial Safety College in Masstown, N.S. June 10.
Top Honours in the five-axle class (three-axle tractor and two-axle trailer) went to Rod Wood of Midland Transport, who lives in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
The best driver in the four-axle class (two-axle tractor and two-axle trailer) was Herb Peters of Day & Ross, who is based out of Moncton, N.B.
The top driver in the two-axle class (straight truck) was Roy Mattinson of Roy B. Mattinson & Sons Trucking, who hails from Pugwash, N.S.
The winner in the Step Van Class was James Daye of CleanX – The Dryclean Xpress. Daye is based in Sackville, N.S.
The champion of the B-Train category was Jerry Thibodeau of Irving Oil. Thibodeau, who lives in Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B., also received the Rookie of the Year Award for outstanding performance by a first time competitor.
The team award for the highest scoring team was presented to Armour Transportation Systems. Top scoring team members included Sandy Cooke, James Chambers, Alan Constantine, Chris Griffin and Victor Poirier.
The winners of the competition will represent the Atlantic Provinces at the 2006 National Driving Championships in Quebec City, Que. Sept. 7-9.
This year’s events saw a large turnout of competitors, with 73 professional drivers showcasing their skills. Competitors drive through a timed precision course which requires them to demonstrate their ability to navigate through obstacles such as diminishing clearance, serpentine and ally dock.
Organized through the APTA Safety Council, the Atlantic Driving Championship is designed to promote safe driving skills and professional awareness among truck drivers.
In order to compete, a driver must be a professional truck driver and must have maintained an accident-free driving record for at least a full year before the event. The complete list of winners is listed below.
Step Van Class
1st place – James Daye, CleanX – The Dryclean Xpress
2nd place – James Chambers, Armour Transportation Systems
1st place – Roy Mattinson, Roy B. Mattinson & Sons Trucking
2nd place – Sandy Cooke, Armour Transportation Systems
3rd place – Cliff MacDonald, Midland Transport
Professionalism – Ward Lewis, Day & Ross
1st place – Herb Peters, Day & Ross
2nd place – Jeff Campbell, Clarke Road Transport
3rd place – Tony Moore, David Brown United
Professionalism – Jeff Campbell, Clarke Road Transport
1st place – Rod Wood, Midland Transport
2nd place – Luc Delcourt, Midland Transport
3rd place – Ken Samis, King Freight Lines
Professionalism – John Robertson, Midland Transport
1st place – Jerry Thibodeau, Irving Oil
2nd place – Dana Glew, RST Industries
3rd place – Leo McGrattan, RST Industries
Professionalism – Glenn Fisher, Tim Hortons/TDL Group
Rookie of the Year
Jerry Thibodeau, Irving Oil
Armour Transportation Systems
(James Chambers, Sandy Cooke,
Alan Constantine, Chris Griffin and Victor Poirier).