Canadian Trucking Alliance

Canadian Trucking Alliance

November 17, 2005 13:00 ET

2005 CTA/Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year Goes to Driver with 5.6 Million Collision Free Kilometres

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 17, 2005) -

Wayne Dixon, 61, still delivering loads

Wayne Dixon, a truck driver with Muskoka Transport Ltd. of Bracebridge, Ont., who has driven over 5.6 million collision free kilometers during a 40 year professional driving career, has been named the Canadian Trucking Alliance/Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year for 2005. A keepsake trophy, cash prize and a trip to the OTA convention were all part of the award presented to Mr. Dixon in Toronto Nov. 17.

Each year the award goes to a professional transport driver who has a collision-free driving record and is an exemplary truck driver both on and off the road. Nominees for this award come from existing recipients of the Volvo Truck Driver of the Year award in each of the Canadian provinces. Selection of this award takes place in Ottawa by a selection panel made up of national safety and law enforcement organizations including Transport Canada, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation of Canada, Canada Safety Council and the Canadian Trucking Alliance. This year's award was presented at a luncheon hosted by Volvo Trucks Canada at the 2005 Ontario Trucking Association convention (Nov. 17 - 18, Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road).

Mr. Dixon delivers loads of freight from Barrie, Ont. to Michigan and New York State. Over the years he has operated in most U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

"His professional approach to his job, his positive attitude and easy going personality make him a 'cut above the rest,'" says Paul Hammond, President, Muskoka Transport Ltd.

"Customers, dispatchers and fellow drivers all hold the highest respect for Wayne in an industry that can be a daily challenge for any driver," says Jacky Finlayson, Director of Business Development for Muskoka Transport.

"Mr. Dixon exemplifies the outstanding truck drivers with whom Ontarians share the road," says OTA President David Bradley. "It is a great honour to recognize him with this highly coveted award."

In addition to his impressive safety record, Mr. Dixon was named the 2004 OTA/Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year, and has won awards at three truck driving championships. He is also very involved in his community, having served as a volunteer firefighter and driving instructor for Vespra Township for 15 years, and coaching local youths in various sports activities. In 1986 he was awarded the Vespra Township Public Service Award.

Mr. Dixon, 61, lives in Minesing, Ont. with his wife, Joan. Their son Gregory followed in his father's footsteps and became a truck driver - he has had no collisions in 17 years of professional truck driving and competes in truck rodeos. The couple also has an adult daughter, Christa.

For more about the CTA/Volvo Trucks Canada National Driver of the Year: http://www.ontruck.org/education/award/ndrive.php

The Canadian Trucking Alliance is a federation of the seven Canadian provincial trucking associations representing over 4,000 motor carriers and is dedicated to serving the national and international interests of Canadian motor carriers.



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  • Canadian Trucking Alliance
    Ingrid Phaneuf
    Vice President, Communications
    (416) 249-7401
    (CTA Toronto Office)
    phaneuf@cantruck.com