Safest U.S., Canada fleets to vie for Volvo Trucks Safety Award – January 2009

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Updated Jan 14, 2010

Through its Volvo Trucks Safety Award, Volvo Trucks North America will award $25,000 each to two fleets with the best driving records in 2008. The money is awarded to help fund additional safety activities at the winning fleets.

“Safety is Volvo Trucks’ bedrock value,” says Scott Kress, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “It has been our number-one priority since the very founding of Volvo more than 80 years ago, and it guides virtually all product decisions we make. Many of our customers share this passion and invest their time and resources to achieve safe operations in their fleets. The Volvo Trucks Safety Award is a way to recognize fleets with truly superior safety programs and records, and to encourage others to emulate them.”

The Volvo Trucks Safety Award is open to all U.S. and Canadian fleets operating at least five Class 8 units. Fleets will be ranked by their accident frequency rates, using the U.S. Department of Transportation definition of a “recordable accident.” Entrants also will be judged on their accident prevention activities. The deadline for entry is June 30. The winners of the award will be announced in fall 2009.

The two grand prizes will be awarded to the fleets with the best records in two divisions based on annual vehicle miles traveled: less than 10 million miles, and more than 10 million miles. Complete rules and entry forms are at

“Instituting this award program continues Volvo Trucks’ commitment to making highways safer, whether through our sponsorship of America’s Road Team or by making active safety systems such as Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) standard on our trucks,” Kress says.