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BCTA names driver of the year

David Pringle (left) accepts an award from Terry Warkentin of Volvo Trucks (right)

LANGLEY, B.C. – David Pringle has been a driver for Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd. for more than three decades, but today he has a new title: 2014 B.C. Professional Driver of the Year.

David Pringle (left) accepts an award from Terry Warkentin of Volvo Trucks (right)

David Pringle (right) accepts an award from Terry Warkentin of Volvo Trucks (left)

The award, which is sponsored by the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) and Volvo Trucks Canada, was presented to Pringle at the BCTA’s Annual Management Conference in Kelowna.

In nominating Pringle for the award, Phil Bandstra, owner of Bandstra Transportation noted Pringle’s excellent safety record (no at-fault accidents), his commitment to customer service, his versatility, his sense of professionalism and his happy, always smiling attitude.

Pringle first went to work for Dick Bandstra at Smithers Transport (the predecessor to Bandstra) in 1977. He had a background in forestry so he started driving logging trucks before moving to lowbeds when the company’s business model changed. In the following years, Pringle earned the reputation for handling difficult jobs in hard-to-access locations, including mining sites in Northern B.C. When working in harsh conditions, Pringle took the approach that he had to act as his own safety committee, because if he didn’t, he may not make it home.

Pringle has served as an informal driver trainer and is somebody willing to provide advice about the feasibility of transportation projects in challenging territory.

Bandstra called Pringle the epitome of a great professional driver, an excellent representative for Bandstra Transportation, and an outstanding role model for the trucking industry as a whole.

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