Niverville driver recognized


John Klassen (center) from WM Dyck accepts his award from Angelique Magi from Zurich Canada while his wife looks on.

  A truck driver that works for a Niverville company has proved that he is one of the best drivers in his field after he was recently named as one of the countries best professional drivers.

   John Klassen, a driver for WM Dyck and Sons in Niverville was one of six finalists from Manitoba that competed against truck drivers from across Canada in the National Professional Driving Championship.

   Klassen was among thirty-eight of the best professional transport truck drivers in Canada that gathered in Winnipeg on September 16 to 19 for three days of fun and competition.

   Following Fridays written and defect tests, drivers in six classes took to the east parking lot of Winnipeg’s Canad Inns Stadium for a practical driving challenge that mimiced real world scenarios. Winners were crowned at an Awards Dinner later that weekend where the top three drivers in each category were recognized as well as the Best Team, Rookie of the Year and Grand Champion.

   Klassen was named as the top driver in the category of “straight truck”.

   The National Professional Truck Driving Championships are held every year to recognize Canada’s best transport truck drivers. This is the first time in seven years that the competition was held in Winnipeg. 

   The winners were graded out of a possible 500 points comprised of their scores in the written, defects and practical driving tests.

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