TCA seeks year’s best truckers

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The Truckload Carriers Association is looking for this year’s best owner-operator and best company driver.

The grand prize in TCA’s 2005 Independent Contractor of the Year contest, co-sponsored by Overdrive magazine, is a new, fully equipped International tractor.

The winner of TCA’s 2005 Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest, co-sponsored by Truckers News magazine, receives thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

Each year, TCA honors an owner-operator who consistently provides reliable and safe transport. Nominees are judged on their performance and safety record, how they promote the image of the trucking industry and their contributions to their communities.

Three finalists will be announced at the TCA Annual Meeting, March 12-15 in Orlando, Fla. The top five contractors of the year will receive cash, equipment and gift certificates.

The Independent Contractor of the Year contest is sponsored by TCA and Overdrive and is open to any independent contractor or team who owns a power unit used in a five-axle or more tractor-trailer combination and drives full-time for a TCA member company.

Nominees must have at least five years’ experience as a commercial trucker and must have spent at least the past three years as an independent contractor. Previous grand prize winners are not eligible to enter the contest again, and second- and third-place winners are not eligible to enter the contest for two years afterward.

The Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest is sponsored by TCA and Truckers News and is open to any driver employed by a TCA member company who has at least a million consecutive accident-free miles. Entrants must be nominated by their employer and must have been with that employer for the past three years. Companies may nominate as many as five drivers. Previous grand prize winners are not eligible, and second- and third-place winners may not enter the contest for two years afterward.

Finalists for both contests will be selected from applications received on or before Oct. 21. Finalists then must fill out a more detailed application by Dec. 16.

For an application and a complete list of prizes, click on the “contest” button at www.truckload.org, or call 703-838-1950 for more information.