TravelCenters of America Driving Respect For Truck Drivers

by Jana Ritter - Published: 3/22/2013

TravelCenters of America LLC announced today at the Mid-America Trucking Show its first 'Citizen Driver' award program, designed to recognize professional drivers who evoke public respect for the truck driving profession.


A professional driver may be nominated for the 'Citizen Driver' award by anyone. The nomination form, rules and other information will be posted to the TA and Petro web sites in April 2013. Nominations will be accepted throughout 2013 and the winner or winners will be announced in March of 2014.

TravelCenters expects to invite trucking industry organizations to provide judges for submitted nominations. Nominees will be judged on factors including, demonstrated, exemplary citizenship in the driving community and otherwise; driving safety record; community involvement; leadership and healthy lifestyle. 'Citizen Drivers' will be honored at a special event in Louisville next year during the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show, and each will have their favorite TA or Petro travel center named after them. Additional prizes will be awarded to nominees and finalists.

"We are extremely proud to play a role in support of the companies and drivers that make up the great truck driving industry," shared Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters. "Our customers log millions of miles each year and move the freight that keeps the U.S. economy going. We do our best to provide them with unparalleled hospitality, customer service and tools they need to be successful in their businesses, because they deserve it. Our 'Citizen Driver' award is a way to recognize the best of the best, not just for being good at their jobs, but for being good people that everyone, everywhere, both inside and outside of trucking, can admire and respect. A 'Citizen Driver' is intended to be someone the whole trucking industry is proud to be associated with, and whose stories should be heard by their peers and those outside the industry," he added.

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, is a leading travel center business in 41 states and Canada operating under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands. With 244 convenient full-service locations off interstate highway exits, TA and Petro offer customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, more than 500 full- and quick-service restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, heavy truck maintenance services, RoadSquad Connect(TM) (24/7/365 emergency roadside service), Reserve-It(TM) (truck parking reservations), and many other services - all within large, high traffic facilities.