Truckie heads to court to fight fine
Our insider - SPY - has the skinny and a lot more great yarns.
1. Heaven for truckies on earth
OLD Spy was somewhat curious the other day when a truck driver told him he had found "trucking heaven on earth".
This was beside a busy road with lots of space for truckies but no public toilets.
Visions came to Spy of thousands of truckies sitting around in that "happy hunting ground" way up in the sky - if that is where heaven is.
But that didn't explain his mention of earth.
So I pressed him for more information and he pointed out a small building on each side of the road.
"These are heavy vehicle inspection stations and it is heaven whenever we travel along here and there are no scalies working," he said.
2. Clerical error headed for court
THERE is one very irate truckie who claims he received a log book infringement notice for an alleged minor infringement.
"The officer who issued me with the ticket told me it was for a clerical error on my part," he said.
I immediately told the truckie that he shouldn't feel lonely because thousands of truckies have suffered the same fate.
Mostly they pay up the expensive fines and get on with the job albeit not very happily.
But not this bloke who told to Spy he will be heading to court to fight the alleged infringement.
"The ticket I was issued had a clerical error on it done by the officer so this is a case of double standards," he said.
Spy will endeavour to keep you posted as to the outcome.
3. Photic sneeze diagnosis
HOW many of our champion truckies around Australia start sneezing when they go out into the sun?
It would be many Spy suspects after yarning to several who do that regularly.
One told Spy he was diagnosed with a condition known as 'photic sneeze reflex'.
Old Spy had never heard of it and asked a doctor known to him about it.
I was told that as many as 15 per cent of the population could suffer and if that is the case it would equate to many drivers.
Mr Google described it as being caused by exposure to bright lights such as the sun.
4. Tassie retirement short lived
AFTER retirement, many truckies find they become bored - that has certainly been the case with five Tasmanian gents.
They all had great careers driving trucks around the Apple Isle and some had even moved there from the mainland.
Spy hears that these fellows have all purchased light rigs and now work for themselves as sole traders around their local communities.
One lives at the scenic town of Railton, which is 20km inland from Devonport and has a population of about 1000.
Another lives in southwest Tasmania and does odd jobs around Zeehan, Queenstown and Strahan.
The other three live in Georgetown at the mouth of the Tamar River, Launceston and Hobart.
5. Borneo mystery
WHILE on a romantic holiday in Borneo with his long-time partner, a camera happy truckie snapped some amazing pictures.
Before leaving, he promised Spy that he would be on the lookout for any images of trucks.
Spy opened his email early one morning and found he had taken a pic of a light truck sitting on its back wheels with the rest facing the sky (see the picture).
"It was in a jungle area and resembled the dangerous Kuranda Range Road in Queensland a bit," he said.
The lad also saw several religious monks eating some food from rubbish on the side of the road.
Spy emailed the pic to a knowledgeable NSW road transport identity asking for his opinion of how the truck ended up like that.
"Maybe, if it is a tipper, too much weight was behind the rear wheels when it was tipping a load. That would cause the truck to over-balance," he said.
"When I was a kid, my old man was tipping a load of rocks on an eroded riverbank.
"As he was lifting the hoist, a workmate was directing him to reverse closer to the river bank.
"Suddenly the river bank gave way and the truck and the old man went backwards into the river. Only the cab remained out of the water."
6. Dingo concerns
WHEN a South Australian driver was negotiating the highway across the Nullarbor Plain in WA, he spotted two dingoes in close proximity.
But one was in healthy condition and the other looked in not so good shape.
"One was rather fat and the other looked like it needed a good feed," he said.
The lad was carrying chip rock to Perth and said he was about 40km from the Nullarbor Roadhouse at the time.
"I think that the healthy one had been feeding on road kill and the other hadn't been eating well," he said.
This veteran driver said the highway between Norseman and Southern Cross needed urgent attention.
7. Sign of curiosity
LOTS of truckies keep their eyes out for strange signs as they travel the highways and byways.
One told Spy of such a sign written in chalk on a big board beside the Bruce Highway which read 'The more people I meet the more I love my dog'.
Spy can only ponder over what type of people the author meets.
8. 10 cents worth
CAN collectors have been active at roadhouse parking areas in recent times, which is a genuine sign of just how tough times are economically.
Spy has seen several of these riding pushbikes and carrying bags looking for used cans. They collect the empty cans and sell them at recycling businesses for 10c each.
Both who Spy seen even went up to truckies asking did they have any empties.
One scrounger was even seen going through a roadhouse bin looking for some.
These fellows aren't going to get rich quickly when you consider 100 cans equals $10.
9. Trucks vital
THERE is little doubt that without trucks supplying the country with food many would starve.
Trucks also play just as important a role in building infrastructure as Spy found out this month.
His street was being sealed and had new channelling and kerbing and the number of trucks used in the entire process totalled more than 30. At one stage there were three trucks outside the house.