UPS Canada's top 24 drivers celebrated for 25 years of safe driving
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - UPS Canada has honoured its drivers who
have achieved 25 years or more of safe driving with a special badge to add to
The drivers are part of UPS's prestigious Circle of Honour, the company's
highest level of driving recognition. Drivers are added to the UPS Circle of
Honour each year as they achieve the 25-year milestone. In 2008 alone, 11
drivers were added to the list bringing the total to 24, with one driver who
has been accident free for 30 years. Last year, driver Kathy Cianci - UPS's
first female driver - became the first Canadian woman to be inducted into the
Circle of Honour.
"I am proud and privileged to celebrate such accomplished drivers," said
Mike Tierney, president of UPS Canada. "UPS has been in Canada for 33 years,
so reaching 25 years of safe driving means a lot of these drivers have been
around since UPS's early days in Canada."
In 1975, Canada became the first country outside the United States to
offer UPS services. At the time, drivers delivered packages in Checker cabs
and four-door Chevy Impalas painted UPS brown.
This year, the company has added a special badge to the UPS uniform to
recognize Circle of Honour drivers. It's the first and only time since the
company's 1996 Olympic sponsorship that the UPS uniform has displayed any
"Road safety is a top priority at UPS," said Tierney. "The Circle of
Honour patch will be a daily reminder to our employees, customers and
communities that UPS drivers are among the safest on the road and around the
world. How many people can say they have driven accident free for 25 years in
their personal vehicles, let alone during a 25-year driving career?"
The company estimates that UPS Canada Circle of Honour drivers have
driven a total of more than 70 million km. Worldwide, there are now 4,648 UPS
Circle of Honour drivers.
All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods from their first day of
classroom training, including the company's comprehensive safety course Space
and Visibility. The training continues throughout their careers.
New UPS tractor-trailer drivers receive 80 hours of computer-based and
on-the-road training before operating equipment. Before training
tractor-trailer drivers, UPS managers complete an intensive three-week course
at one of the toughest driving schools in America, the UPS Driver Training
School in South Holland, Ill.
UPS package car drivers receive 40 hours of computer-based and
on-the-road training before operating equipment, then have four safety ride
evaluations during their first 22 days on the job.
In every UPS district where they work, new Circle of Honour members and
their spouses are honoured during weekend ceremonies highlighting their
achievement. All active drivers who have maintained an accident-free record
are also invited to attend the ceremony along with their spouses.
More information on UPS and safety is available at
Founded in 1907, UPS has a long history and tradition of safety and
training. The company issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began
recognizing its safe drivers in 1923. In 1928, UPS recognized its first
five-year safe driver, Ray McCue, with UPS founder Jim Casey presenting him a
gold and platinum watch. The Circle of Honor was formally established as the
mechanism to recognize safe drivers in 1955 and its membership has grown ever
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