A BOC truck driver who has driven safely for nearly 40 years has become the eighth BOC driver inducted into the National Private Truck Council's (NPTC) Driver Hall of Fame.

This marks the sixth consecutive year a BOC driver has been named to the NPTC Hall of Fame, where BOC has more inductees than any other private fleet company. John Tedford, who is based at BOC's Gonzales, La., depot, is BOC's latest Hall of Famer.

To be elected, a driver must be an employee of an NPTC member company and have met the minimum qualifications of 20 years, two million miles or 50,000 hours of driving without a preventable accident.

Tedford has driven safely for over 3.4 million miles - the equivalent of 140 trips around the world - since he began working for BOC in 1968.

Mike Gentile, vice president of distribution for BOC in the Americas, said: "This is a tremendous accomplishment -- all the more so when you remember that these 3.4 million miles are in a 40-ton tractor trailer. It's a great honor for BOC and a well deserved recognition for John, whose dedication to safety is reflected in his outstanding driving record."

Tedford, 63, a New Orleans native, began hauling freight at age 19. He joined BOC six years later, driving oxygen, nitrogen, argon and carbon dioxide from BOC's New Orleans and Michoud, La., plants to customers located throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee and Alabama. He now averages just under 2,000 miles a week behind the wheel.

Tedford's driving expertise got noticed at BOC - for the last 10 years he has served as a driver trainer, traveling to locations in California and Illinois to train employees on safety behaviors, such as the Smith System principles of safe driving.

Tedford was inducted into the Hall of Fame at NPTC's Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month. The other seven drivers in the NPTC Hall of Fame are: Leon Crosslin (1993), Jake McElroy (1996), John Palmer (2001), Virgil Deck (2002), Vernon Good (2003), Ferdinand George (2004) and Erwin Deelsnyder (2005). Since the NPTC Hall of fame was founded in 1987, 80 drivers have been inducted.