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Decker Competes in the 2018 IMTA’s Truck Driving Championships

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Decker Professional Drivers at Iowa Truck Driving Championships

Pictured l to r: Dean Soucek, Ray Harris, Rafael Guerrero, Dean Filmer, Ben Eby, Teo Dorado

The 2018 Iowa Truck Driving Championships were held at Prairie Meadows Hotel and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa on June 14 and 15, 2018.  Approximately 103 professional truck drivers participated in the two-day event.  All the drivers were tested in four areas: pre-trip vehicle inspection, written exam, personal interview, and driving skills. There were eight classes of competition: Three-Axle Van, Four-Axle Van, Five-Axle Van, Flatbed, Tank, Twin Trailers, Straight Truck, and Sleeper Berth.

To participate in the event, a driver must have an accident-free record during the 12 months prior to the event, been employed by the same company for one year prior, and been actively performing the duties of a professional truck driver for the 12 months prior to the event. The driver must also have illustrated a commitment and dedication to safety and possess an outstanding attitude.

This year, six Decker Professional Drivers were selected to participate in the competition. Teo Dorado and Ray Harris competed in the Five-Axle Sleeper Class, Dean Soucek and Dean Filmer competed in the Five-Axle Van Class, Rafael Guerrero competed in the Five-Axle Tank Class, and Ben Eby competed in the Straight Truck Class. Dean Filmer took third place in the Five-Axle Van Class. All the Decker Professional Drivers competed well and enjoyed the experience, and we are very proud of all of them!

The truck driving championships are sponsored by the Iowa Motor Truck Association and the Iowa Council of Safety Management. This is the only competition that is held for professional truck drivers, and the caliber of participants is outstanding. The Iowa Motor Truck Association is a trade association located in Des Moines representing the interests of the trucking industry in Iowa.  The trucking industry is very important to the state of Iowa, and the foundation of the industry is the professional truck driver.

Important Driver-Friendly Policy Changes Coming for Decker Drivers

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In response to the evolving needs and desires of professional drivers in a growing and demanding trucking industry, Decker Truck Line has been making many driver-friendly changes. Since the fall of 2017, Decker has significantly increased driver wages, 401(k) contributions, and per diem per mile. This week, we’re announcing even more changes that are sure to please many drivers.

These changes will go into effect June 15, 2018.

Truck Speed

All Decker trucks will now be able to operate at up to 68 MPH on cruise and 65 MPH on the pedal. Current Decker Drivers, please make sure you request this change at your next scheduled service at a DTL facility.

Lane Departure Device

Any Decker truck #3034 or lower will be allowed to have the Lane Departure Device deactivated. Current Decker Drivers, please request this change at your next scheduled service at a DTL maintenance facility. Trucks #3035 and up will continue using the newer Fusion Lane Departure Device.

Dog Policy

One dog, 35 pounds or less, will now be allowed per truck with approval from the Safety Department. Please contact Safety at 515-576-4141 for policy details and restrictions.


Truck navigation software will be free to ALL Decker Professional Drivers.


Driver-facing SmartDrive event recorders may now be deactivated by Safety 120 days after hire, provided certain criteria are met. Forward-facing cameras will remain active. Contact Safety at 515-576-4141 for more information.

These policy changes are being brought into effect because we have listened to our Professional Drivers and have determined that these changes will not sacrifice the safety of our drivers or the public. We are no longer operating under a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and we want to recognize that drivers who demonstrate safe driving practices will be rewarded.

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