Paschall Drivers of the Month
Douglas Apato is the Paschall Truck Lines February 2005 Company Driver of the Month. Mark Hatfield is the February Owner-Operator of the Month.
Apato has been a professional driver for 25 years. He has spent the last 14 years with PTL. He has been a Company Driver of the Month five times and was the 1999 Driver of the Year. Hatfield has driven professionally for eight years, and he signed up with PTL three years ago.
For its outstanding safety record, USF Reddaway was awarded first place in the LTL over 4 million miles category on April 4 in Eugene, Ore., at the Oregon Trucking Association’s Safety Awards Banquet.
Mike Swearingen is Landair Transport’s 2004 Driver of the Year. He has been with the fleet for five years.
Nelson Tolbert is the 2004 Contactor of the Year. He has been with Landair for eight years.
Randy Yeager was inducted into the National Private Truck Council Driver Hall of Fame April 26 at the organization’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition in Pittsburgh.
Yeager was honored for the 2.2 million accident-free miles he drove throughout his 22-year trucking career at MI Transportation.
The Driver Hall of Fame – sponsored by Bridgestone/Firestone – inducts four drivers a year. Inductees must have either 2 million miles, 20 years or 50,000 hours of consecutive driving without a preventable accident.
Edward Haines, another MI Transportation driver, was also nominated.
Trucker Buddy of the Month
Leonard Emery of Las Vegas is the April 2005 Trucker Buddy of the Month. He has written to Patricia Mawn’s fourth grade class at Oxford Elementary School in Fairhaven, Mass., since 1994.
The Andrus Transportation Services driver will receive a personalized jacket, $300 to spend on the class and $200 in Trucker Buddy merchandise, compliments of MultiMedia. He will also receive an IdleAire adaptor, a Koolatron cooler and Donde Publishing’s “For the Long Haul.” The class will receive a CrossCountry USA game from Ingenuity Works.
Overnite Transportation Company drivers took top honors at the South Carolina State Truck Driving Championships held April 23-24.
The 14 Overnite drivers’ combined scores won the team trophy. All competitors are rated on their driving skills and are scored on a written test and a personal interview.
Rick Simpson took first place in the flatbed division, while John Cook won the blue ribbon in the three-axle class. Ronnie Luckadoo landed the top position in the twin-trailer class. Both Cook and Simpson are former South Carolina Grand Champions. All three drivers are from Gaffney, S.C.