Decker drivers compete

Two Decker Truck Line Inc. drivers were among 111 who represented Iowa at the 2013 Iowa Truck Driving Championships June 13 and 14 in Altoona.

Decker Truck Line Inc.’s Ben Eby competed in the straight truck division, and Dean Filmer competed in the sleeper class division. Filmer placed third in a field of 19 drivers.

All qualified drivers were tested in four areas: pre-trip vehicle inspection, written examination, personal interview and driving skills.

To qualify, participating drivers must be accident free for the previous 12 months, meet all Department of Transportation physical requirements, be employed by only one employer 12 months prior to the event, and represent the state in which they live. Qualifying drivers must also possess an outstanding attitude and have illustrated a commitment and dedication to safety.

Drivers can pick from eight classes of competition: three-axle van, four-axle van, five-axle van, flatbed, straight truck, twin trailers, tank and sleeper berth.

The Iowa Truck Driving Championships celebrate the role the professional truck driver plays to the economy of the state and nation. The championships are sponsored by the Iowa Motor Truck Association and the Iowa Council of Safety Management. The IMTA represents the trucking industry interests in Iowa and is located in Des Moines.

Founded in 1931, Decker Truck Line, Inc. is a diversified carrier, transporting flatbed, refrigerated and dry van freight to the 48 contiguous states and seven Canadian provinces.