2018 NTDC
Business, Safety

Course Trips Up Second Round of Competitors at NTDC

NTDC Drivers work their way through the pre-trip inspection portion of the championships. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — While the diminishing front stop problem on the course of the 81st National Truck Driving Championships tested most of the country’s elite drivers on the tournament’s second day of competition, a few drivers appeared to figure it out.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2018
Business, Safety

Second-Day Drivers Use Extra Time to Study Course

Tim Ayotte adjust the mirror for a driver. Tim Ayotte adjust the mirror for a driver before he drives during the second day of competition. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Although competing on the second day of the National Truck Driving Championships allows drivers 24 additional hours to stir up nerves about the course, it also gives them extra time to analyze every turn, stop, cone and duck.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2018
Business, Safety

NAIC Inspection Practicals Begin

NAIC Inspection Practicals State Inspectors competitors. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a partitioned section of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, removed from the occasional staccato of horns, the cheers of supporters and the deep voice of the announcer moderating the National Truck Driving Championships, uniformed law enforcement officers began to conduct vehicle inspections.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2018
Business, Safety

NTDC Competitors Meet Their Match on Challenging Driving Course

NTDC ball course Drivers had to maneuver through a row of tennis balls. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A sharp left turn to cross over five scoring zones after avoiding a rubber duck and then maneuvering through a row of tennis balls were among the problems tripping up many competitors on the first day on the course at the National Truck Driving Championships.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

ELD Training Sheds Light on CVSA Competition Expectations

NAIC inspectors NAIC inspectors. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The law enforcement officers participating in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship will not be asked to inspect electronic logging devices during this year’s competition.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

2018 NTDC Banner-Hanging Ceremony

Fans attending the National Truck Driving Championships have a competition of their own — securing the prime viewing spots in the exhibit hall.

Transport Topics
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

Catching Up With FMCSA’s Ray Martinez at NTDC

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez The FMCSA chief speaks during the Breakfast of Champions. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Ray Martinez paid his first visit as the agency’s chief to the National Truck Driving Championships, rallying a crowd that included 424 truck drivers, 52 commercial vehicle inspectors, family members and volunteers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

ATA’s Chris Spear Addresses the Champions at NTDC

Chris Spear John Sommers II for Transport Topics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear roused a crowd of hundreds at the National Truck Driving Championships breakfast event Aug. 16.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Business, Safety

Battle of the Banners

Workers organize banner placement at NTDC Workers organize placement of banners at NTDC. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s 3 p.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and the 424 drivers competing in the National Truck Driving Championships have just walked through the course set up on the expansive exhibit hall floor.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 15, 2018
Business, Safety

NTDC Kicks Off; ‘It’s Just Awesome to Be Here,’ Drivers Say

Drivers prepare to take written exam at NTDC Drivers prepare to take the written exam Aug. 15. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The kickoff to the National Truck Driving Championships featured a grand spectacle at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Aug. 15.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 15, 2018

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