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MTA kicks off year honouring driver excellence

WINNIPEG, Man. -- The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) recognized Manitobas Drivers of the Month for the first ...


WINNIPEG, Man. — The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) recognized Manitobas Drivers of the Month for the first quarter of 2007 at an awards reception held on May 25.

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 three outstanding drivers honoured Friday together have contributed more than 84 years and 12 million kilometres of driving to the motor transport industry that keeps the Canadian economy moving.

Les Craig was chosen as Driver of the Month for January 2007 and has been a professional driver for 12 years. During that time Craig has driven more than 2.4 million accident-free kilometres of city, highway and winter roads, from Calgary to Toronto and into the US. Craig drives for Arnold Bros. Transport and lives in Winnipeg.

Bud Rush, a driver for D. Armstrong Moving and Storage, was awarded the Driver of the Month for February 2007. The Oakbank resident has driven professionally for 40 years on city and highway roads and has logged more than 6.4 million accident-free kilometres across Canada from coast to coast.

Ed Tiny Friesen is a Steinbach resident and was given the Driver of the Month for March 2007. For 32 years Friesen has crossed Canada and the US on city, highway and winter roads, accumulating more than 3.2 million accident-free kilometres. Friesen drives for Big Freight Systems.

MTAs Driver of the Month awards have recognized outstanding Manitoba drivers since 1979. Custom Truck Sales and Canadian Kenworth have sponsored these awards since 1991.


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