National Tank Truck Carriers Inc. announced that its Safety Committee will develop a new tank truck driver recognition program for board consideration at its next membership meeting.

The announcement coincides with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

The program will present the Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award at its annual meeting in April 2013. The award will go to one exemplary tank truck company driver or independent contractor who serves the industry with reliable and safe transportation of liquid and dry bulk commodities.

NTTC Vice Chairman Dean Kaplan proposed the new program to the membership based on his company's experience with similar programs on the state and national levels.

"This kind of program for tank truck drivers is long overdue given the demands of our unique industry," he said.