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
  • Miscellaneous

Maintenance Technician of the Year

Maintenance Technician of the Year honors those persons that keep your trucks rolling 24/7. Their due diligence is vital to your company’s operations and profitability. Based on performance and work ethic, one technician will be chosen from among the field of outstanding nominees.

Safety Professional of the Year

Safety Professional of the Year is the highest honor MTA bestows upon a company’s Safety Director. These individuals are dedicated to the welfare of their drivers, company and the motoring public, all of whom are directly affected by their actions.

2022 Safety on the Road Sponsors

Great West Casualty Company

Fleet Safety Award plaques and Grand Trophy Award sponsor

J.J. Keller & Associates

Individual safety nominee plaques and winner trophy sponsor


Silver sponsor

Quick-Way, Inc.

Bronze sponsor

Truck Driving Championship (TDC)

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 multiple divisions:

  • Three-axle tractor trailer
  • Four-axle tractor trailer
  • Five-axle tractor trailer
  • Flatbed
  • Sleeper berth
  • Straight truck
  • Tanker
  • Twins
  • Step van

Winners in each division go on to the ATA National Trucking Driving Championship, Indianapolis, IN August 16-19, 2022

Competition Dates

2022 TDC Sponsors

MTA Western Chapter Council of Safety Management

TDC Scoring

FedEx Freight

TDC Driver Snack Boxes


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. This event is part written exam, part hands-on skills challenges. It is open to any actively employed commercial vehicle technician. Winners are eligible to compete in the TMC’s National Skills Competition held in the fall.

Competition Dates

  • June 2023

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. 

Event Dates

  • Tentative: September 2023

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.

Meeting Dates


Thursday, September 8

  • 1:15 pm – Golf at Forest Akers West
  • 6:00 pm – Casual dinner reception, Henry Center for Executive Development

Friday, September 9

Henry Center for Executive Development:


Registration form

2022 Conference Sponsors

A-1 Truck Parts

President’s Club


President’s Club

Conference & Annual meeting sponsor form


Support MTA’s efforts to provide quality programs while earning goodwill for your company– sponsor an event 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.