English Français Español

International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA)

2021 IDEA is sponsored by PrePass Safety Alliance

The 2021 International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA) nomination period is now closed. The 2022 nomination period will open in 2022.

As the leading organization overseeing the coordination of uniformity of commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement and regulatory compliance across Canada, Mexico and the United States, CVSA recognizes the exceptional careers of professional commercial motor vehicle drivers and their commitment to public safety through its driver excellence award.

This annual award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver, distinguishing themselves conspicuously and beyond the call of duty through the achievement of safe operation and compliance carried out with evident distinction for an extended period of time. The nominated individual must be of personal character beyond reproach with no disqualifying past behavior, as indicated in the IDEA award criteria.


Nominees must have:

  • At least 25 cumulative years of crash-free driving in a commercial motor vehicle with a clean driving record for the past three years
  • No felony convictions
  • No safety-related driving suspensions in the past three years
  • No driver violations in the past three years, excluding form and manner violations

The Award

The IDEA winner will receive:

  • A check for $2,500
  • A crystal trophy

If the 2021 CVSA Annual Conference and Exhibition is held in-person, the IDEA winner will also receive:

  • Airfare for the winner and one guest to Wilmington, Delaware, to receive his/her award
  • Two-night hotel stay in Wilmington, Delaware

The IDEA winner will be presented with his/her award and receive public recognition at the CVSA Annual Conference and Exhibition in the fall. Announcement of the IDEA winner will be shared nationally through a press release, as well as on the CVSA website and through social media. A feature article on the award winner will run in CVSA’s quarterly magazine, “Guardian.”

Nomination, Review and Selection Process

IDEA is open to the entire commercial motor vehicle industry. You do not have to be a member of or affiliated with CVSA to apply.

The deadline to submit the 2021 IDEA nomination form is Dec. 11, 2020. All materials must be mailed together in one envelope. No email submissions will be accepted. Partial packets will not be considered. No exceptions. All nominators will receive a letter confirming CVSA’s receipt of their nomination packet.

The IDEA Program Committee will review and authenticate IDEA nominations. The final decision to recognize and honor the nominee will be made by the CVSA Executive Committee. CVSA is not required to select a winner if the nominees do not exemplify the qualities of the IDEA program.

Nomination Form

The 2021 nomination period is now closed. We are no longer accepting nominations at this time.


If you have any questions about the award program, contact CVSA Manager of Member Services Iris Leonard.