Coast star’s mes­sage for rookie truck­ies

Big Rigs - - FRONT PAGE - James Gra­ham James.Gra­ham@bi­

AT THE ten­der age of 28, Sun­shine Coast’s Bren­ton Tasker al­ready counts him­self as some­thing of an “older” hand at the driv­ing game.

In­spired by his old man Doug Tasker – who can still be found be­hind the wheel of a B-dou­ble with the Cor­bet’s Group – Bren­ton jumped into a heavy rigid eight-wheeler and hauled off 16 pal­lets to the Bris­bane Mar­kets the day he got his li­cence at 19.

He hasn’t slowed down since. As driver and com­pany man­ager at re­spected bulk haulage hire spe­cial­ists Board­man Sand and Gravel, Bren­ton reg­u­larly works from dawn to dusk and takes it all in his stride, top­ping off long days be­hind the wheel with an ar­ray of of­fice du­ties to boot.

“I think the hours are a pro­mo­tion,” said Bren­ton, when asked whether he thought ar­du­ous sched­ules were a de­ter­rent to new­com­ers en­ter­ing the in­dus­try.

“I got into this game to make money, not to have that taken away from me. I hon­estly think ev­ery­one should be able to work a 14-hour day and our busi­nesses shouldn’t have to pay to al­low us to do that.”

If young­sters are will­ing to roll up their sleeves, Bren­ton says, the pay-off is there.

“If you’re will­ing to work a 12- to 14-hour day, you can make $2000 a week pretty eas­ily and that’s a big boost up com­pared to some of the other in­dus­tries around. It’s a good way to get ahead in life, I think.”

He would, how­ever, like to see the in­sur­ance cri­te­ria re­laxed for new­bies.

“I have no­ticed that un­til you’re 25, a lot of in­sur­ance com­pa­nies won’t even look at you,” he said.

“In­sur­ance is a big, big fac­tor.”

To as­suage ner­vous in­sur­ers, Bren­ton favours re­strict­ing rook­ies to smaller trucks for longer be­fore they grad­u­ate to a B-dou­ble.

“You need to have a bit more ex­po­sure in sin­gles and maybe earn your way up. Some­times rac­ing them up the lad­der can spoil them too.”

Bren­ton had first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence last Christ­mas of how lack­ing the skillsets were in some sec­tors.

“I did a short stint over Christ­mas with an­other large com­pany and some of their op­er­a­tors can’t even re­verse,” he said.

“I found my­self re­vers­ing their truck for them.”

Bren­ton, who has since branched into truck pho­tog­ra­phy as a hobby (he took our stun­ning cover shot and the other eye-catch­ers on this page) is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of how quickly some­one with the right at­ti­tude and work ethic can climb through the ranks.

When a big wet on the Coast slowed down the “truck and dog” hours Bren­ton was clock­ing for a Board­man’s sub-con­trac­tor, he went straight to the horse’s mouth in­stead – and has been there ever since.

“I’ve sat back and learned any way I could to make my­self a nec­es­sary part of the Board­man team.”

Bren­ton’s ca­reer high­light came when boss Ja­son Board­man handed over the keys to the com­pany’s sig­na­ture rig, a South­ern Cross Limited Edi­tion 2012 Mack Su­per­liner – revered up and down the Coast for its me­mo­rial mu­ral of late com­pany founder Len­nie Board­man, Ja­son’s dad.

“I can’t think of a big­ger boost than to be en­trusted with some­thing like that.”

To see more of Bren­ton’s great truck­ing pics, visit his Face­book page at B. Tasker_I­mages. He’s al­ready been com­mis­sioned to shoot for Te­fco Trail­ers.


EYE-CATCH­ING: Bren­ton Tasker drives the sig­na­ture Board­man’s Mack.

Bren­ton Tasker and his wife Kylie, who share an en­thu­si­asm for truck­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy.

Bren­ton loves to take pho­tos ev­ery chance he gets.

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