October 6, 2000 Jacksonville, FL - Landstar Business Capacity Owner David Parkin of St. Catherines, Ontario, outmaneuvered 23 others to earn the title of Landstar 2000 Regional Safe Truck Driving Champion. Carl Groenwold came in second, and Wally Bender took third. The course, set up at a Markel Truck Driving School in Guelph, Ontario, is the last of seven regional competitions held this year. Parkin, Groenwold and Bender will go on to compete in Landstar's National Safe Truck Driving Championships in Jacksonville, Florida, later this month.
Parkin is not a newcomer to Landstar's Annual Safe Driving Championships. He was last year's National Champion. "Isn't that cool?" asked Parkin. "There was obviously some skill involved, but I feel very fortunate. My competitors are a very good bunch of truckers. I guess some luck was swinging my way." Parkin has been a professional truck operator for 23 years and says he's really excited about Landstar's upcoming national championship competition and the chance for a repeat overall victory.
On October 21, 2000, the winners of all seven of Landstar's Regional Safe Truck Driving Championships will compete in the national competition, which will be held in conjunction with Landstar Appreciation Days at the company's headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. National winners drive off with laptop computers and trophies.
Landstar Chairman, President and CEO, Jeff Crowe said Parkin and his competitors in the truck driving championship exemplify Landstar's commitment to safety. "We're proud of David, his driving skills and his commitment to safety," said Crowe. "We appreciate all the competitors and their safe, professional approach to everything they do."
The championship obstacle course, part of Landstar's extensive safety program, tests precision driving skills, including right turns, alley docking, off-set alley lane changing, scale positioning, distance perception and straight line driving. The competition also includes a pre-trip inspection test. Competitors must also follow standard Landstar safety policy and can be disqualified for failure to wear a seatbelt or jumping out of the truck instead of following the three-point stance when exiting.
"Business capacity owners like David, Carl and Wally are put to the test every day in a transportation environment that is increasingly tough," said Crowe. "Their safe-driving skills are a true testament to their professionalism and commitment to keeping the roads safe for all of us."
The term business capacity owner refers to a Landstar independent contractor who operates a small business and provides the equipment necessary to haul freight. Parkin has been a Landstar business capacity owner for more than six years. He and his wife Zita live with their two children in St. Catherines, Ontario.
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