Langley, British Columbia—On June 7, 2014, David Pringle of Smithers received the 2014 BC Professional Driver of the Year award at the BC Trucking Association’s (BCTA’s) Annual Management Conference in Kelowna, for an exemplary record of safe driving during his 36-year career with Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd.
Volvo Trucks Canada and BCTA sponsor the provincial Driver of the Year award annually 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.
In 1977, Dave Pringle approached Dick Bandstra for a job and began working with Smithers Transport (the predecessor to Bandstra Transportation). Due to prior experience in forestry, Dave began work as a logging truck driver and moved on to operating lowbeds when Smithers Transport changed its business focus.
Over the next several decades, Dave became the “go-to guy” for any difficult haul or transport to off-the-map locations. Much of Dave’s time has been spent in northern BC, hauling in and out of the many mining projects that dot the northwest. He was frequently the first semi unit to reach many of the mine sites, including diamond drill loads for various exploration companies, and he was always requested for the job.
In the years that Dave has worked with Bandstra Transportation, he has never had an at-fault accident. He has always been safety-conscious and noted on many occasions when working on remote jobs that he was his own “safety committee,” because if he didn’t remain safe, he may not be coming home.
Dave has been an informal driver trainer at Bandstra, passing on a wealth of knowledge to other drivers, especially those who spend their time up north hauling sensitive equipment and loads. He has also provided expertise to mining sites regarding what trucks could or could not do in very difficult northern terrain.
Despite all of his hours and dedication to the job, Dave also remained very active in his church and with his family.
In his nomination, Phil Bandstra referred to Dave as an exceptional driver committed to excellence – a consummate professional and extremely nice person. Customers have called Dave an amazing and versatile person who never complains and never loses his smile regardless of how difficult or dirty the job may be. Dave is the epitome of a great professional driver, an excellent representative for Bandstra Transportation, and an outstanding role model for the trucking industry as a whole.
Terry Warkentin of Volvo Trucks Canada presented the Driver of the Year award to Dave.
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BCTA, a member-based, non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization, is the recognised voice of the provincial motor carrier industry, representing over 1,000 truck and motor coach fleets and over 250 suppliers to the industry. BCTA members operate over 13,000 vehicles, employ 26,000 people, and generate over $2 billion in revenue annually in the province.