Manitoba recognizes three outstanding professionals

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WINNIPEG, Man. — The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) recognized Manitoba’s Drivers of the Month for the third quarter of 2006 at an awards reception on Oct. 13.

The luncheon was hosted by MTA President Clayton Gording of Reimer Express Lines and Jim Clark of Custom Truck Sales was on hand to present the awards.

The three drivers honoured, have together contributed more than 90 years and 14,500,000 kilometres to the driving profession and the motor transport industry.

Driver of the Month Awards recognize professional drivers whose careers demonstrate excellent driving skills, exemplary safety records, outstanding customer service and a dedication to the profession.

The recipient for July 2006 is Peter H. Martens, a professional driver for 33 years. During that time Martens has driven more than 6 million accident-free kilometres across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Martens drives for Penner International and lives in Steinbach, Man.

Driver of the Month for August 2006 is Bill Woodland. During his 44 years as a professional driver Woodland has also logged over 6 million kilometres, all accident-free. Woodland drives for Arnold Bros. Transport and lives in Brandon, Man.

For September 2006 the Driver of the Month was awarded to Billy Wiebe. The Mitchell, Man. resident has been a professional driver for 13 years, has driven 2.5 million kilometres, across Canada and the US – and accident-free the whole way. Wiebe also drives for Penner International.

MTA’s Driver of the Month awards have recognized outstanding Manitoba drivers since 1979.

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