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PMTC inducts three new drivers to Hall of Fame

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- Three more exemplary drivers were inducted into the Private Motor Truck Council of Can...

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Three more exemplary drivers were inducted into the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) Hall of Fame for Professional Drivers at the group’s recent convention.

The Hall of Fame, sponsored by CPC Logistics and hosted on the PMTC’s Web site (, provides recognition for some of the industry’s safest and most professional drivers.

“We read and hear a lot about the shortage of qualified drivers in North America,” said PMTC president Bruce Richards. “But we don’t hear nearly enough about the true professionals that have served the trucking industry for years with safety records that are astounding. The Hall of Fame was designed to give recognition to these individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the trucking community while accumulating years of safe driving the true professionals.”

Laverne Martin has been hauling freight for Home Hardware for more than 43 years. He was hired in 1964 by Home Hardware founder, Walter Hachborn. Martin regularly sits on the company’s safety committee, helping to determine whether or not accidents were preventable. Martin has racked up more than four million miles for Home Hardware and has often assisted other motorists in need. The first truck he drove for the private fleet was a Chevy with an in-line, six-cylinder gas engine and 16-foot box.

Joining Martin in the Hall of Fame is George Barnes, a senior driver with Tona Transport. Barnes is known for his dedication to the job having missed fewer than 10 days due to illness in a driving career that spans 37 years. Barnes is an active participant in safety meetings and has accumulated over three million miles without an accident.

Bruce Wilson was the third 2008 inductee to the Hall of Fame. He works for Global Driver Services and is contracted to John Deere in Grimsby, Ont. Wilson has hauled for John Deere since 1984 and has accrued 2.4 million accident-free miles for the company. Safety and professionalism are two words often used to describe Wilson.

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