Three private fleet drivers added to PMTC Hall of Fame

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KING CITY, Ont. — Three professional drivers with nearly 100 years of safe driving between them were inducted into the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada Hall of Fame for Professional Drivers.

The Hall of Fame, sponsored by Huron Services Group, resides at the PMTC’s Web site and honours drivers who have exemplified superior over-the-road performance while working for PMTC member companies.

“There are many professional commercial truck drivers in Canada and their skills are evident to all road users. These professionals compile safe driving records that are beyond amazing, considering all the adverse conditions they face every day,” said PMTC president Bruce Richards. “But it is only a select few that match the caliber of the drivers in the PMTC – Huron Services Group Hall of Fame. The industry salutes these individuals and we are pleased to honor them today. We are very grateful for the interest and support shown by Huron Services Group Ltd. that helps us sustain this Hall of Fame and celebrate the achievements of these drivers.”

Luigi Colosimo was the first of this year’s inductees, having served 33 years driving for Maple Leaf Foods. During that time he has accrued 3.2 million accident-free kilometres.

Colosimo has a reputation at Maple Leaf Foods for having an incredible work ethic and he isn’t afraid to share his views on how safety can be improved.

John Stell drives for the John Deere private fleet, where he has served for the past 17 years as an employee of Huron Services.

Stell began driving professionally in 1970 and now has more than five million accident-free kilometres to his name. John Deere officials say he is a respected driver mentor at the company. In his spare time, he and his wife Lois have a horse farm and when that doesn’t keep him busy enough, John is a recreational pilot and the drummer in a rock band.

Claude Rivard rounded out this year’s inductees to the Hall of Fame. As a professional driver of 25 years, RIvard currently drives for Tona Transport on behalf of Huron Services. Rivard boasts more than four million kilometres without a preventable accident.

People who know him say Rivard is considered a leader of all the Huron Services drivers assigned to the Quebec Tona fleet. He’s also driver-trainer for Huron’s Quebec operations. As such, Rivard chairs driver safety meetings and mentors new and experienced drivers in the fleet.

For more on the PMTC/Huron Services Group Hall of Fame for Professional Drivers, visit

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