Maple Ridge's John Beeler Named 2010 Driver of the Year

For immediate release: 
Jun 18, 2010

Langley, British Columbia - On June 12, 2010, John Beeler, a veteran driver of 29 accident-free years with Canadian Freightways, received the 2010 Driver of the Year award at the BC Trucking Association (BCTA) Annual Management Conference in Victoria, BC, for his outstanding safety record as a commercial truck driver. During his long career, Beeler pestered numberless mechanics about every aspect of his vehicles, so that he could identify problems himself and have them put to rights. His attention to detail has contributed to over 3.75 million kilometres on the road without a preventable accident or injury.

The Driver of the Year award is sponsored annually by BCTA and Volvo Trucks Canada to recognize and promote safe driving among professional drivers. In addition to excellent driving records, award winners have often distinguished themselves through service to their communities and acts of bravery. According to Paul Landry, BCTA President & CEO, John Beeler represents the best of the best on the road today, and we’re very proud of his accomplishment.  Like many of his colleagues, he quietly and tirelessly, day in and day out, helps to transport consumer goods and other necessary freight safely and efficiently throughout the province.”

Darshan Kailly, President & CEO of Canadian Freightways, commends Beeler for providing leadership outside his regular driving duties. “John Beeler’s positive attitude, patience, courtesy and thoroughness are well known. He is a leader in maintaining the high standards that Canadian Freightways has set for its fleets. While training new drivers or assessing equipment, John provides insights that help us to make continuous improvements. We’re delighted that he won this prestigious award – he deserves it.”

Norm Romano, Canadian Freightways’ Kamloops Service Center Manager, who has worked with Beeler for almost 20 years, reports that Beeler has mentored numerous less experienced drivers and doesn’t hesitate to assist those who are stopped along the highway. His willingness to help others has resulted in Beeler receiving several commendations from the RCMP for his aid at the sites of motor vehicle crashes.

BCTA is the recognised voice of the provincial motor carrier industry, representing over 900 truck and bus fleets and over 250 suppliers to the industry. Over 13,000 vehicles are operated by BCTA members in BC. BCTA operating members employ 26,000 people in BC and generate over $2 billion in revenue in the province annually.

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Paul Landry, President & CEO  
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