Dozens of B.C. drivers will put pen to paper, inspect their rigs with a fine-tooth comb and then jump behind the wheel to demonstrate their skills at manoeuvring their trucks, all in the name of competition.
The drivers will all be contestants in the 2014 BC Professional Truck Driving Championships in Abbotsford at Tradex on June 21.
The competition is designed to showcase the skills and professionalism that set the industry’s best drivers apart from their peers.
It has three separate components – a written exam; a vehicle inspection, during which drivers must find a series of planted defects; and a driving competition, which simulates the everyday skills of manoeuvering, cornering and judging distance on an obstacle course.
There are five separate classes of competition, based on the configuration of the trucks: straight truck, single-axle tractor and trailer, single-axle tractor and tandem trailer, tandem tractor and tandem trailer, and B-train.
To be eligible for the competition, drivers must have been actively employed and accident-free for the 12-month period prior to the championships.
A fee of $225 covers the driver’s entry, and pays for the driver’s breakfast, lunch and a single ticket to the awards banquet being held that evening at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey.
The hosts of the event, the BC Trucking Association and SafetyDriven, have planned for “family entertainment” and concession stands to be part of the event. The organizers are also looking for volunteers to help run the event.
To register or for more information, go to www.bctrucking.com or email Glenda Dressler at firstname.lastname@example.org.