When we caught up with Hobart truckie Kerry Fazackerley, he was very much looking forward to knocking off for the day, having started bright and early at 4.30am.
Though you’ll usually find him towing a tilt tray, it wasn’t the case when we stopped to chat with John Wells from Launceston.
When Garry Ackerley from New Norfolk stopped for a break, the schmick Scott William’s 2014 Kenworth K200, with an ISX E-5 up front and towing a fridge pan, instantly caught our eye.
Hobart truckie Ian Geard was driving an eye-catching Bennett’s Petroleum 2018 460 Euro 4 FM Volvo and towing a fuel tanker when he stopped to chat with Big Rigs.
Having worked for Toll for the past nine years, Wayne Farley said he enjoys the work and the way the company maintains its trucks and cares for its drivers.
Steve Bush from Port Sorrell was driving his Mountain Dew 2001 twin steer Scania 310 14b pallet rigid, on his way back from Hobart – glad to be going home for a break after handling the Hobart operation through the festive season.
Work is now underway for the first stage of the Northern Roads Package, a $55 million project to provide a more efficient route for freight vehicles travelling across the north of Tasmania.
Five new truck-only rest areas will be built in Tasmania within a year ,with another 14 informal sites to be brought up to better standards than they are now.
Robin Riley from Launceston has been driving trucks for over 30 years, with no regrets. After finishing school, he went into landscaping before finding his calling as a truckie.
Owner-driver Ian Gillie has spent over 40 years behind the wheel, and despite the challenges of a pandemic, he has been keeping very busy.