Friday, April 30, 2021

ATA cancels Alabama TDC, stay tuned for exciting new summer event for drivers

After months of preparation, wise counsel, and even a last-minute push to register drivers, ATA Safety & Maintenance Management Council leaders yesterday elected to cancel its popular Alabama Truck Driving Championships, which were set to happen next month in Pelham, Ala. ATA VP of Safety and Compliance Tim Frazier made the announcement in a letter to SMMC members on Thursday.

“After several weeks of discussions and virtual meetings, your Truck Driving Championship Committee met today in consideration of our 2021 TDC, and based on the travel restrictions in place of several of our members and various other obstacles we must overcome, (the) Committee made the decision to cancel the 2021 Alabama TDC,” Frazier wrote.

He explained that as difficult as the decision was to make, the committee wisely placed the safety and well-being of drivers, their families, and the many volunteers as the top priority in the decision to cancel.

“While we believe we could conduct a safe environment for the event, we want to be able to conduct the event with quality and class as we always do,” he stated. “I would like to thank our TDC Committee for their efforts over the past few months in trying every avenue feasible to make the event happen. With the various obstacles we’ve faced, and the concern for all our participants, this committee definitely worked to make it happen.”

Meanwhile, ATA leaders are working with other state trucking associations for a new driver event to happen this summer. Stay tuned for details.