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Photo Highlights - 2016 AMTA Truck Driving  Championships

Congratulations to the competitors of the 2016 Alberta Truck Driving Championships which took place on June 19 in Red Deer (Westerner Park).

A total of 57 professional truck drivers competed in a day-long competition where they had to complete a written exam on industry regulations and road safety, conduct a pre-trip inspection against the clock and then drive on the obstacle course under the watchful eye of an examiner. Competitors competed in five categories: straight truck, single-single, single-tandem, tandem-tandem and Btrain


Ready for presentation. Finalists earn naming rights and are presented with these attractive hand‐made trophies. Volunteers are  

Volunteers are an essential part of the championships.


Family fun. Competitors were enthusiastically cheered on my their family, friends and colleagues.

The Alberta championships made history this year, with this first all‐woman team from H&R Transport. Front row: Sharon Dessert, single/single; Barb Brown, straight truck, Martha Renning, single/tandem. Back row: Holly Idington, tandem/tandem and Brenda Stewart, B trains.





Straight Truck Division

First Place:        Keith Franklin                  Canadian Freightways   
Second Place:   Alex Smith                        H&R Transport
Third Place:      Carey Naismith                  LTT     

Single, Single Division

First Place:       Darren Hodgkins               Bison Transport
Second Place:  Darren Tychkowsky           Fedex
Third Place:      Shaun Thompson             Grimshaw Trucking

Single Tandem Division

First Place:       David Lowe                        Bison Transport
Second Place:  Kevin D.F. Chapman         CCT Canada
Third Place:      Gregory Cresine                LTT     

Tandem, Tandem Division

First Place:       Rod Harrison                      Canadian Freightways
Second Place:  Tim Bingley                         Lac La Biche Transport    
Third Place:      Curtis Phillips                     Safeway Sobeys West

B-Train Division

First Place:        Robert Smith                    TDL
Second Place:   Ron Johnstone                Canadian Freightways
Third Place:      Terry Saitz                        Home Hardware First Place:

Grand Champion:  Rod Harrison         Canadian Freightways

Rookie of the Year: Terry Saitz           Home Hardware

Team Award: Bison Transport









The popular AMTA Truck Driving Championships will take  place on June 25 in Red Deer (Westerner Grounds) with top drivers from across the province competing for prizes and honorary titles. This annual event, hosted by Alberta Motor Transport Association, is regarded by many as the Olympics of trucking.

The competition challenges each driver to demonstrate his or her driving and inspection skills, knowledge and professionalism through a series of rigorous tests. The drivers under go a written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection test and finally, the most visible – the skills test.

Finalists in each of five categories will move on to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships which will be held in Ontario later this year


2016 Driver Roadeo Entry Form
2016 Driver Kit  (PDF) 
2016 Driver Kit (French)
2016 Provincial Roadeo Sponsorship Form


The Sheraton Red Deer Hotel  offer special rates for rooms   the weekend of the Driver Championships. The Championships Banquet on Saturday night will also be held at the Sheraton.
Link to Hotel Registration




Volunteers Sought for 2016 Truck Driving Championships

Looking for a fun way to get involved with an event regarded as the Olympics of professional truck driving where Alberta’s top drivers compete for fun, prizes and bragging rights?
The 2016 organizing committee of the AMTA Professional Truck Driving Championships is looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of positions, including judges.
Experience is not required.  Instruction is provided onsite and volunteers are paired with experienced personnel.
The time commitment is just one-day – the competition day (Saturday June 25). Breakfast, lunch and refreshments are provided. Volunteers are also invited to attend the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.

2016 Volunteer Form

For more information, please contact: angiem1@amta.ca












2015 Provincial Truck Driving Championship: Alberta Celebrates Driving Excellence

Forty-five of the province’s top professional truck drivers, many with millions of kms of collision-free driving, participated in the Alberta Professional Truck Driving Championship on June 20 (Westerner Park, Red Deer). The exciting, day-long competition closed with an awards dinner attended by over 240 competitors, their families, and supporters.  

Red Deer’s Westerner Park was where contestants competed in five classes (straight truck, single-single, single-tandem, tandem-tandem and B-train) and were tasked with completing a written knowledge exam, a pre-trip inspection and took their turn on the driving course behind the wheel.

The day got underway with a pancake breakfast and then competitors were off to complete evaluated tasks in three different areas.
Each competitor completed a written exam that tests drivers’ knowledge of regulations, legislation, safety, security, and first aid.  They participated in a pre-trip inspection conducted under the watchful eye of an examiner.

 Competitors also had a turn behind the wheel as the driving portion of the event got underway. Each entrant demonstrated their driving skill as they completed seven obstacles that tested their ability to maneuver the vehicle in simulations of some of the toughest conditions drivers’ cope with on the road.
As competitors took turns showing offer their talent and skill, stadium stands filled with family, friends and fans who cheered them on.
The day wrapped up with an awards banquet attended by 250 guests where all participants were celebrated and final placings announced.

Thank you!  AMTA extends thanks to participants, event volunteers and sponsors who made the day possible.


Video of Event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ2GBRKRuag


2015 Team Alberta - Participants who clinched first place in their respective competition category now form Team Alberta. The new team will be off to the National Truck Driving Championships (Regina, Saskatchewan, Sept 11 & 12) where they will face off against teams from other provinces. This year’s Team Alberta members are:

Straight Truck Division

First Place: Keith Franklin - Canadian Freightways
Second Place: Kevin Pasini - Sokil Express Lines
Third Place: Alex Smith - H&R Transport

Single, Single Division

First Place:  Darren Tychkowsky - Fed-Ex Freight
Second Place: Shaun Thompson - Grimshaw Trucking LP
Third Place: Daren Hodgkins - Bison Transport

Single Tandem Division

First Place: Rick Limoges - Merry Shack Trucking
Second Place: Dave Lowe - Bison Transport
Third Place: Dan Arych - H&R Transport

Tandem, Tandem Division

First Place: Rod Harrison - Canadian Freightways
Second Place: Curt Phillips - Safeway Sobeys West
Third Place:  Tim Bingley - Lac La Biche Transport

B-Train Division

First Place: Ron Johnstone - Canadian Freightways
Second Place: Curtis Mann - Bison Transport
Third Place: Brenda Stewart - H&R Transport

Grand Champion:  Rod Harrison - Canadian Freightways

Rookie of the Year: Daren Hodgkins - Bison Transport

Team Award: Bison Transport


Thanks to our 2015 sponsors! 
AMTA thanks the following organizations for their generous sponsorship of  this year’s championship: Capilano Truck Driving, CVE –Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Duckerings Transport, FGI- Fort Garry Industries, General Teamsters Local 363, H & R Transport, HI-Way 9, Husky Energy, Inland Cement, Kids Safe, Lethbridge Truck Terminal, Old Republic Insurance, Orlicks Inc., Prairie Bus Lines, Red Arrow Motor Coach, Rosenau Transport, SLH Transport, Safeway/Sobeys, Calgary Stampede, Workers’ Compensation Board, Partnerships In Injury Reduction, Alberta Transportation, Partners In Compliance, Rogers Insurance, Richard Warnock Transportation Consulting Ltd.





























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