Truck driving experts and inspectors convene in Grand Island

Professional truck drivers working for Nebraska fleets have an extra incentive to spend every day on the road accident-free. Twelve months of a perfect driving record earns them a chance to compete in the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships. That translates into a weekend of friendly competition and prizes for them, and trucks sharing the road safely with you.

The 2016 Championships will take place June 3 and 4 in Grand Island. 99 drivers will converge on the Hotel Grand, (formerly Holiday Inn Midtown,) and Fonner Park. They’ll complete a written exam, personal interview with a law enforcement officer, truck inspection, and finally, a driving course where only accuracy and vehicle control earn top scores. Winners of the competitions advance to the National Truck Driving Championships August 10-13 in Indianapolis, IN.

The Nebraska State Patrol’s Vehicle Inspector Championship takes place side-by-side with the driving event. Troopers qualify for the competition through a written exam. The four top scorers will be in Grand Island to test their regulatory knowledge and driver interview techniques, then conduct vehicle and hazardous material inspections. As with the truck driving champions, the top scorer advances to the national competition in August.

The driving challenge and Patrol vehicle inspections are free and open to the public at Fonner Park on Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase.

The Nebraska Trucking Association’s Safety Management Council organizes the championships and recruits more than 100 volunteers to staff the event each year. The Nebraska Trucking Association is the provider of effective information, services and advocacy to Nebraska trucking companies and affiliated businesses.