NTTC spotlights tank truck drivers during NTDAW

Sept. 14, 2016

On behalf of the proud members of the National Tank Truck Carriers Inc, we extend our respect and gratitude to the many professional tank truck drivers that serve our unique industry as we mark the beginning of the 2016 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, said Brian Wood, NTTC chairman, and Daniel Furth, NTTC president.

“The tank truck industry plays a critical role in the North American economy and our segment’s performance is largely due to the professionalism of our drivers,” they said in a joint statement. “Our industry has many important stakeholders, but none as mission-critical as our drivers. Without the contributions of this essential group, our industry and the overall economy would come to a screeching halt. 

“The NTTC’s new mission is to champion safety and education through advocacy in the Tank Truck community. Our membership simply cannot achieve that mission without serving our drivers as a priority. These professionals are the face of the industry whose commitment to safety is paramount to the success of our carriers, our customers, and the many people with whom we share the road each day.”

A perfect example of the caliber of tank truck drivers is Darryl Nowell of Eagle Transport, the 2015-2016 recipient of the NTTC’s Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year award. Nowell, a 31-year trucking veteran, accepted the award graciously on stage in the company of seven other professional tank truck driver champion finalists.  The eight drivers were chosen based on accident-free miles, industry and company leadership, communication and public speaking skills, and overall industry knowledge.

Nowell is a petroleum driver for Eagle Transport Corporation at their Richmond VA terminal. Throughout Nowell's impressive career, he has accumulated 2.9 million accident-free miles, and has earned numerous safe driving awards. He also is a certified driver trainer, a driver mentor, and accident and incident review team member for Eagle. The NTTC Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year program is sponsored by Baldwin & Lyons Inc, a specialist in marketing and underwriting insurance for the transportation industry.

Driver Appreciation Week allows us to appropriately extend our most sincere thanks to all of our professional tank truck drivers for their tireless commitment to safety and service.  Know that you have the respect and admiration of the entire tank truck community this week and every week throughout the year.