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Barrie to host 72nd annual Ontario Truck Driving Championships

Many of Ontario’s finest professional truck drivers will compete at Barrie Molson Centre
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Truck drivers from across Ontario and their families will converge on Barrie from Friday to Sunday as the city plays host to the Ontario Truck Driving Championships, along with their partner in safety, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for its National Safety Code Challenge. 

Members of the public are welcome to attend the Championship Skills Competition, which will be held at the Barrie Molson Centre 555 Bayview Drive on Saturday. 

Throughout the day onlookers will witness the precision and skill of many of Ontario’s finest professional truck drivers. Approximately 500 people are expected to attend the Barrie Molson Centre for this event.

About The Ontario Truck Driving Championships (OTDC):

The championships were designed to create greater public awareness of truck driving as an important and necessary profession.

For 72 years, the championships have provided a forum for professional truck drivers to display their skills, knowledge, courtesy and professionalism required to conduct business on Ontario streets and highways.

Drivers are evaluated through a series of difficult, competitive tests that measure the level of driver expertise, the contestant’s knowledge of rules of the road, safety, courtesy and efficiency in vehicle handling.

Competitive classes:

  1. Straight Truck
  2. Single – Single                       
  3. Single – Tandem             
  4. Tandem -Tandem
  5. Train                                       

History of the Event:

In 1947, the Ontario Truck Rodeo Group was founded by the Automotive Transport Association and the Transportation Safety Association of Ontario which covered Class 20 under the Workers Compensation Board.

This group has always been, and is still today, made up of industry volunteers. In 1988, the official name of the organization was changed to the Ontario Truck Driving Championships to more accurately reflect what the organization was all about.