For the fourth consecutive year, Volvo Trucks has announced it will recognize two North American fleets for their commitment to safety through the Volvo Trucks Safety Award program. Recipients of the 2012 award will each receive $25,000 to be used toward their safety-related activities. The OEM said Michelin is again joining in sponsoring the Volvo Trucks Safety Award, which focuses on the importance of highway safety for the trucking industry and for all motorists.

“Safety is paramount for both Michelin and Volvo Trucks, so we’re pleased to recognize the hard work and dedication to safety exhibited by the industry’s top performers,” said Ron Huibers, president, Volvo Trucks North American sales & marketing.

“Volvo’s longstanding core value of safety guides our designs and is woven throughout our products,” he continued.  “The Volvo cab design, safety cage and other passive safety features protect drivers, while integrated active safety technologies, like Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology and Volvo Enhanced Cruise, improve safety for all motorists. The Volvo Trucks Safety Award allows us to help fleets strengthen their safety cultures and programs.”

The Volvo Trucks Safety Award is open to all U.S. and Canadian fleets operating at least five Class 8 units. Fleets must have at least one Volvo tractor in operation to be eligible for the award. Entrants will be ranked by their accident frequency rates. Participating fleets will also be judged on their accident prevention activities.

The deadline for entry is July 31, 2012. The winners of the award will be announced during the American Trucking Assn.’s Management Conference & Exhibition this October.

The two grand prizes will be awarded to the fleets with the best records in two divisions based on annual vehicle miles traveled: less than 20 million miles and more than 20 million miles.

Complete rules and entry forms are available at: www.volvotrucks.us.com/safetyaward.

Executives from 2011 Volvo Trucks Safety Award recipients Roehl Transport of Marshfield, WI and Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution of El Paso, TX detail their approaches to fleet safety in a video accessible at this link: www.volvotrucks.us.com/safetyaward.