Troy Baillie and Derek Porter next to their trucks. DD Porter Transport is closing down next week.
Troy Baillie and Derek Porter next to their trucks. DD Porter Transport is closing down next week. Mary Ann Baillie

Pittsworth transport company shuts doors after 23 years

THE over-regulation of the industry has played a part in the closure of a transport company in the Toowoomba region, with DD Porter Transport shutting up shop on July 19.

Derek Porter, the third-generation truck driver who owns the Pittsworth-based business, told The Chronicle that the decision to close was not any easy one but accepted he had "lost the drive to be a part of trucking".

"Things are getting tough in the transport industry," he told the Toowoomba publication.

"We don't get a break from it, the phones ring day and night. You can't switch off."

While his business of 23 years has more than 20 employees who will have to find other work, Mr Porter thanked the company's loyal workers for their support.

Mr Porter's business of 23 years has more than 20 employees who will have to find other work, possibly outside the district.

A massive auction will follow the business closure which will include a variety of trucks, trailers and minor equipment, all serviced and in good condition.

The auction will be held at the depot off the Gore Highway on August 1.

For more information about the auction, call Chris Goscomb on 0427 447 828.

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