Dun­can Pike

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROPICS -

WHEN Big Rigs saw Dun­can Pike in Townsville on May 10 he had trav­elled from Perth and north­ern Western Aus­tralia.

Based in Perth, the 52-year-old Dun­can works for KT Moller Re­movals and car­ries fur­ni­ture around the coun­try.

He was with his boss and leg­endary small fleet op­er­a­tor Karl Moller in a Volvo FH540 which needed mi­nor re­pairs.

“We started in Brisbane then went to Perth, onto Ger­ald­ton, Onslow, Port Hed­land and Broome be­fore com­ing to Townsville. It took more than six days. We cart per­sonal fur­ni­ture,” he said.

A West Coast Ea­gles sup­porter in the AFL, Dun­can replied quickly when asked if there were enough rest areas.

“Not enough for trucks and cer­tainly nowhere near enough toi­lets for us,” he said.

Dun­can said that the com­pany doesn’t have elec­tronic log books as yet but has a strong opin­ion on fa­tigue laws. “They are rev­enue rais­ers,” he said. He rates the worst road as the sec­tion of the Flin­ders Hwy between Rich­mond and Char­ters Tow­ers.

His favourite road­house is at Roe­buck Plains near Broome.

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