International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA)

As the leading organization overseeing the coordination of uniformity of commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement and regulatory compliance across Canada, the United States and Mexico, CVSA recognizes the exceptional careers of professional commercial motor vehicle drivers and their commitment to public safety through its International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA).

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.

The deadline for submissions for 2017 IDEA has passed. We are no longer accepting submissions for this year.


Nominees must have:

  • At least 25 cumulative years of accident-free driving in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) 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 2017 IDEA winner will receive:

  • A check for $2,500
  • A crystal trophy
  • Airfare for the winner and one guest to Atlanta to receive his or her awards during the general session of the CVSA Workshop
  • Two-night hotel stay in Atlanta

The 2017 IDEA winner will be presented with her or her awards and receive public recognition during the general session of the 2017 CVSA Workshop on Monday, April 24, 2017. 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

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 nominee.

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.

The award winner will be announced in March 2017. The award winner will be presented with his or her awards at the CVSA Workshop on April 24, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you have any questions about the award program, click here to send CVSA your inquiry.