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ATA announces changes to National Truck Driving Championships

Making the contest more inclusive will result in even more competitors, ATA says.

The Trucker News Services

10/23/2013

ORLANDO, Fla. – Tuesday, the American Trucking Associations announced its Board of Directors voted to make the National Truck Driving Championships more inclusive by allowing non-ATA members of state trucking associations to compete in the annual safety competition.

“We’ve long billed this event as the ‘Super Bowl of Safety,’ so it is fitting that as college football moves to a more inclusive playoff system, we at ATA give more competitors a chance to test their mettle and compete for a championship,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

“State association executives are proud of their members, particularly those that choose to compete in state truck driving championships,” said Anne Lynch, executive director of the Massachusetts Trucking Association and current TAEC chairman. “By making the national competition more inclusive, we’ll see even more competitors and we’ll be able to truly find the industry’s best drivers.”

ATA's National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships are held annually, with the winner being named Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion. In 2014, NTDC will be held August 9-13 in Pittsburgh.

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