Women In Trucking seeks nominations for its Driver of the Year Award

Updated Dec 27, 2022
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2022's WIT Driver of the Year Peggy Arnold, a company driver at Yellow Corporation for nearly 30 years.

The Women In Trucking Association is seeking nominations for its annual Driver of the Year award sponsored by Walmart.

The fourth annual award recognizes exceptional female professional drivers who lead the industry in safety standards while actively working to enhance the public image of the trucking industry. 

The application is open to any female driver who has safely driven at least one million consecutive, accident-free miles. Nominees must demonstrate a positive contribution to the trucking industry and their community. 

Other requirements Include:

  • Nominations are open to owner-operators and company drivers
  • The driver must be nominated by the motor carrier by which she is currently leased or employed and must have three years of experience with that company
  • A personal statement explaining in 250 words or less why they should be selected
  • At least three letters of recommendation explaining in 250 words or less why the driver should be selected

“At Walmart, we aim to foster inclusion through the intentional action of understanding, supporting, and championing individuals in all of their uniqueness, resulting in a culture where all associates feel welcome, comfortable, safe and empowered to reach their full potential every day,” said Fernando Cortes, Walmart senior vice president, Transportation.

The finalists and overall winner will be recognized at the 2023 Salute to Women Behind the Wheel event at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky March 31. The winner will be chosen based on her safety record, positive community contributions, and impact on the public image of the trucking industry. She will receive a plaque, commemorative ring, and more.

“Each year we feature a female professional driver so we can share her story to encourage other women to not only honor her, but to consider the opportunity to enter the industry and find success,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO. “We are looking forward to sharing this year’s driver’s story as well.”

Nomination forms can be submitted at https://www.womenintrucking.org/female-driver-of-the-year. Nominations are due before Feb. 1.