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Owner Operator of the Year Rules - 2017

Driver of the Year ContestPurpose of Contest

The overall goal of the contest is to recognize and pay tribute to the owner operators who provide reliable and safe truck transportation in moving the nation's goods. Several finalists will be chosen from which the grand prize winner will be selected. The grand prize winner will be recognized and honored as the outstanding owner operator for 2017 based on his/her ability to operate in a safe manner on the public highways, efforts to enhance the public image of the trucking industry, positive contributions to the community in which he/she lives, and ability to run a successful business.


Fleet operators who own no more than five power units used in five-axle or more tractor-trailer combinations and who drive one of the power units as a full-time occupation are eligible to enter this contest. An owner operator who holds his/her own state or federal operating authority or who is incorporated under the laws of his/her or a trucking company's domicile is also eligible for the contest.

Entrants must substantiate five years of job history as a commercial truck driver with the last three years as an owner operator.

An owner operator may enter on his/her own behalf, be nominated by his/her spouse, or be nominated by the motor carrier with which he/she has been under a long-term contract continuously for a period of three years or more.

Previous grand prize winners of the TCA Owner Operator of the Year contest or its predecessor, the Independent Contractor of the Year contest, are not eligible to enter the contest.


  1. The application must be completed online and submitted through TCA's online application process which begins September 18, 2017. All applications are due by 5 p.m. EDT November 10, 2017.
  2. When entering as a team, each driver must submit a separate, complete application.
  3. Verification of submitted information will include direct contact with the motor carrier to whom the finalist is under contract and may include credit reports, motor vehicle reports, and other investigation as required.
  4. Each company may nominate up to five drivers. However, only one driver per company can qualify for placement among the top three finalists.
  5. Please note that the judges will carefully scrutinize claims of an excessive number of miles driven annually. Any claim of more than 125,000 miles driven annually must be accompanied by a statement from the company CEO explaining average length of haul, number of hours on duty, and how the miles were logged legally.
  6. Erroneous or false information provided in the application will result in immediate disqualification.
  7. All prizewinners are responsible for any applicable federal, state, and local taxes.
  8. The Association shall retain all applications for one year; therefore, no applications or pictures will be returned.
  9. Four print-quality photographs (300 dpi) featuring the entrant's head and shoulders and taken within the last year must be submitted with the application. They may eventually be used for publicity purposes if the driver is selected as one of the top three finalists.
  10. With due respect for privacy, the contents of the finalists’ applications that reflect positively upon the trucking industry may be used for promotional, educational, and training purposes by the Association.
  11. The judges' decision is final.

Announcement of Winners

The top three finalists will be announced in January 2018.

The grand prize winner will be announced during TCA's 2018 Annual Convention, March 25-28, in Kissimmee, Florida.


By participating, all contestants agree to share photos and application information with the contest sponsors.

The finalists will be interviewed and photographed for profiles that will appear in industry publications.

The top three finalists will be required to attend the awards ceremony at which the grand prize winner will be announced. The ceremony will be held during the TCA Annual Convention. Hotel and airfare will be covered by the contest.

The grand prize winner may need to represent the contest and industry at events during the year following his/her award.

Interested in TCA's other contests? Learn more.