Seven stories you might have missed this week

HAVEN'T seen the news this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's seven of our top stories this week. 

This is who the truckies want as Australia's next PM

WHILE the election is still a few weeks away, the truckies have spoken and it's clear who they want as their next Prime Minister.

And it's not Bill Shorten.

Big Rigs ran a poll on our Facebook page the day the election was announced and 84 per cent of our followers voted in favour for our current Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Geoff Flannery fined for following too close.
Geoff Flannery fined for following too close.

Plasma driver sees red

VETERAN Red Cross Blood Service driver Geoff Flannery doesn't do a lot of interstate runs nowadays, preferring to stick mostly to his deliveries of blood around Brisbane hospitals.

So, you can imagine his surprise when he got a curt reminder of the many pitfalls awaiting relief line-haul drivers in the mail recently.

While filling in for a colleague making a delivery of plasma to Melbourne, a Safe-T-Cam had snapped Geoff inadvertently following the truck in front of him too closely.

No warning or slap on the wrist; just a $1346 fine and four demerit point recorded against his licence.
Geoff appealed the severity of the infringement on the RMS website, but was told the penalty would stand.

Warwick driver Francis Lyons says the sudden closure of a popular truck wash at the Warwick Saleyards has been an inconvenience to people in the livestock transport industry.
Warwick driver Francis Lyons says the sudden closure of a popular truck wash at the Warwick Saleyards has been an inconvenience to people in the livestock transport industry. Marian Faa

Drivers lash over truck wash close: 'It's bloody ridiculous'

TRUCK drivers forced to travel up to 100km just to wash their vehicles have called for an emergency solution for local transporters after Warwick's only public truck wash was closed last month due to extreme water restrictions.

Warwick livestock carrier Francis Lyons said the situation was "bloody shocking" for drivers like himself, inconvenienced by the sudden close.

Mr Lyons said there was no warning before the decision was made to close the truck wash at the Warwick Saleyards.

New Kenworth
New Kenworth voss photography

Kenworth ready to unleash new T360 and T410

KENWORTH is about to adios the big-selling T359 and T409. In their place come new-generation offerings the T360 and T410.

While the new additions to the Kenworth range in Australia might not look significantly different (the front end is a little rounder and the headlights are different), under the surface there are significant changes.

One welcome change is a redesign of the cab's stairway. Aimed primarily at agitator and car carrier applications where operators are in and out of their trucks frequently, the new design has the stairs cascade out, enabling drivers to see each step as they ascend.

Both new trucks feature the same wider 2.1m cab found on the new Kenworth T610 and that means greatly improved visibility from the driver's seat

Truckies beg holiday makers: 'Don't park in our rest areas'

"EVERY holiday season the same occurs, every holiday season the truckie is told he is rude, every holiday season the truckie is blamed for an accident, every holiday there are fatalities, every holiday season the same thing - holiday makers/caravanners are parking in the designated truck only parking bays."

It's the Easter holidays and truckies are fed up to here with the attitudes of every other motorist on the roads.

Transport Accident Report - Australia Wide took to Facebook over the weekend to remind people not to park in truck only parking bays this holiday season.

"There are designated parking bays at roadhouses/service stations and roadside parking bays for a reason," the post read.

"Don't do it people, if you want the truckie to be courteous, if you want him to manage his fatigue as clearly stated by the law, then simple, don't park in the designated bays.

"The same old excuse about we don't have anywhere to park does not wash when it comes to the life and death about a truck driver due to not being able to legally manage his fatigue because of other people's blatant disregard."

Greg Steward is caught in no-man's land.
Greg Steward is caught in no-man's land.

Driver's 21-year career in limbo after mystery health scare

BRISBANE-based truckie Greg Steward doesn't know where else to turn.

A mysterious blackout episode last year while working as a B-double swing-lift driver at the Brisbane Port has left his life and immediate driving career in limbo.

Because medical professionals can't accurately diagnose the cause of the one-off incident - Greg had pulled over at the time - the 39-year-old father-of-two has been told by the Department of Transport and Main Roads that he must surrender his multi-combination licence for five years.

Then, at the end of that period he would have to resit the test.

"My 21-year driving career is pretty much over and everyone tells me there's nothing I can do," Greg said.

Mathew Thompson changed his lifestyle after he was diagnosed with diabetes.
Mathew Thompson changed his lifestyle after he was diagnosed with diabetes. Contributed

Chance encounter led to diabetes diagnosis

WHEN Mathew Thompson walked into the BP at Balranald about three years ago, he wasn't feeling the best but he had no idea just how quickly his life was about to change.

It wasn't long before he found Sharon Hourn set up in the corner to do some free health checks, so, as he wasn't feeling so great he wandered over to get tested.

Mathew said Sharon "did the whole lot" of tests but the one that left her quite concerned was the blood sugar test that he remembers was "through the roof".

She suggested he head to the doctor to get checked out right away so he called his boss, let him know what was going on and headed to the doctor.

It wasn't long before the 45-year-old Brisbane father of three was diagnosed with type two diabetes.

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This woman became a truckie to live her brother's dream

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"(Now I'm a truck driver) I can see why he loved it so much."

Spreading toughness and reliability with IVECO Trakker 4x4

Spreading toughness and reliability with IVECO Trakker 4x4

First new truck gets top marks from operator.