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CVSA Launches International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA) Program


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration (CVSA) yesterday announced they’re launching a new campaign, International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA)  to “recognize the exceptional careers of professional commercial motor vehicle drivers and their commitment to public safety.”

CVSA says it plans to announce an annual award that recognizes drivers who go above and beyond the call of duty as a driver and distinguish themselves through safe driving and compliance.

The agency is now accepting nominations for the inaugural IDEA program. The CVSA says the nominated driver must be, “of personal character beyond reproach with no disqualifying past behavior.”

Driver nominations must be submitted by Friday, February 27, 2015.

IDEA Program Committee members will review all IDEA driver nominations, however, the agency says they are not required to choose a winner, “if the nominees do not exemplify the qualities of the IDEA program.”

Award winners will be announced in April 2015.  The winner will be presented his or her award at the CVSA 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition in September.  Travel expenses for the winner and one guest will be paid.

From CVSA: 


Nominees must have:

  • At least 25 cumulative years of accident-free driving in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a clean driving record for the past three years
  • No felony convictions
  • No safety-related driving suspensions in the past three years
  • No driver violations in the past three years, excluding form and manner violations

The Award

The award winner will receive public recognition at the CVSA Annual Conference and Exhibition in September 2015. A feature article on the award winner will run in CVSA’s quarterly magazine Guardian. Announcement of the IDEA winner will be shared nationally through a press release, as well as on the CVSA website and through social media.

The winner will receive a trophy, a monetary award and a medallion to place on his or her truck or bus.

Download the 2015 IDEA Nomination Form (PDF)


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