Safety on the Road/Fleet Safety Awards
Each summer, MTA goes on the road to honor drivers and companies that have excelled in promoting and maintaining a culture of safety.
Driver of the Year
MTA’s Driver of the Year is awarded to an individual driver who has been nominated by his or her company. Each nomination is scored by third-party safety personnel based on accident record, over-the-road mileage, customer service and professionalism. The driver receiving the highest score is recognized as Driver of the Year. Awards are presented at the drivers’ terminals so they may share their recognition with their peers.
Fleet Safety Awards
MTA member carriers operating three or more vehicles or combination of vehicles are eligible to receive a Fleet Safety Award. Based on Michigan-only operations, fleets compete based on number of accidents and mileage. Awards go to fleets with lowest frequency rate in each category. The Excellence in Fleet Safety Grand Champion award is then presented to one of the companies based on miles driven, number of accident-free miles and specific best practice safety protocols undertaken by the company.
Companies are recognized in nine categories:
- General commodities-local
- General commodities-intercity
- Household goods
- Vehicle transportation
- Heavy haulers
- Tank truck
- Oil haulers
- Private carriers
Truck Driving Championship
Drivers from around the state compete in two phases: first, a written exam based on American Trucking Association’s Facts for Drivers; and second, in predetermined skills course exercises including stopping, backing, turning and serpentine maneuvers.
Drivers compete in eight divisions:
- Three-axle tractor trailer
- Four-axle tractor trailer
- Five-axle tractor trailer
- Sleeper berth
- Straight truck
Winners in each division go on to the National Truck Driving Championship held in different venues around the country.
- Tentative: June 10-11, 2022: Michigan Truck Driving Championship
- August, 2022: National Trucking Driving Championship
Held in conjunction with the Truck Driving Championship, American Trucking Associations Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) SuperTech is North America’s premier skills competition for professional commercial vehicle technicians. The two-day event is part written exam, part hands-on skills challenges. It isopen toany actively employed commercial vehicle TMC technician member. Winners are eligible to compete in the TMC’s National Skills Competition held in the fall.
- Tentative: June 11, 2022: Michigan SuperTech Skills Competition
- September, 2022: National SuperTech Skills Competition
Call on Washington
American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Call on Washington program is your opportunity to meet directly with Michigan members of Congress, key congressional staff, federal regulators, fellow industry leaders, as well as ATA staff to discuss in person legislation and regulations affecting the trucking industry. MTA’s delegation, led by its President, attends preset appointments in Washington, D.C. to discuss those issues vital to the state’s trucking industry.
- September, 2022
Conference & Annual Meeting
Invited speakers and government representatives provide updates on relevant information that may affect your company’s bottom line.
In addition, MTA convenes its Annual Meeting to conduct the business of the Association. Open to all MTA members, the year’s business is discussed as well as planning for the upcoming year. Also, the Annual Meeting is where the Board of Governors election results are announced and new officers are installed.
While the conference primarily focuses on business, a pleasurable evening of camaraderie and entertainment kick off the next day’s business proceedings.
- 2022 Dates: TBD
BECOME AN MTA MEMBER TODAY
Michigan Trucking Association is the recognized collective voice of the Michigan trucking industry. Along with this collective strength, members receive individual support — whether it’s a company with a smaller fleet, large corporate carrier or non-trucking company with commercial motor vehicles.