OTTAWA, (Sept. 23, 2003) — Truck driver Terrance “Terry” Patrick Lyver, of Penticton, B.C.-based Berry & Smith Trucking, has been named the 2003 CTA/Volvo Trucks Canada National Driver of the Year.
The award has been presented annually for the past 28 years to a Canadian transport driver who “demonstrates a high-level of professionalism both on and off the road, courtesy, and sometimes bravery, at roadside.”
Years ago, while he was driving from Vancouver to Penticton, Lyver witnessed a car go off the road and roll down a steep embankment. He backed his truck up to the embankment, hooked on a rope and shone his spotlights down on the car. With the help of another driver, he was able to safely pull two ladies from the car.
Lyver, who will officially be presented with the award at a B.C. Trucking Association member function in December, has racking up 6.2 million collision-free kilometers throughout his 40-year career. He has spent the last 23 years with Berry & Smith Trucking.
“Terry Lyver’s outstanding driving record, and his dedication to excellence exemplify the commitment to road safety made by Canada’s professional truck drivers,” said David Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. “But it is in the way he goes about his day-to-day work, both on and off the road, that makes him stand out.”
In honour of the achievement, Lyver will receive a trip for two to any destination of his choice within Canada, a $1,000 cash prize and a personal trophy courtesy of Volvo Trucks Canada.
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