Lenny Simp­son

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROPICS -

IT WAS early on a Sun­day morn­ing when Big

Rigs met NSW driver Lenny Simp­son who was parked up af­ter haul­ing a boom off a PC 4000 loader from the Hunter Val­ley to a NT mine.

Lenny, based in Syd­ney, works for Plant Haul Heavy Haulage and was driv­ing a Ken­worth 200.

“I have come back from the NT to Townsville to pick up a mine truck for trans­porta­tion to Bris­bane,” he said.

Lenny, 38, has been with the com­pany for eight years and loves the job.

“I am a pro­fes­sional tourist who gets well paid driv­ing a truck and see­ing Aus­tralia,” he said. Lenny said there was a short­age of rest ar­eas. “We need more that are big­ger,” he said. “When I have a wide load I have to be 20m from the road and that is dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially with pi­lot cars.”

Lenny en­joys spend­ing time with his wife and chil­dren, 11-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, and a 12-year-old daugh­ter.

His favourite stop-offs are the Barkly and Daly Wa­ters Road­house in the NT.

He rates the Leichhardt Hwy in Queens­land as the worst to drive on.

“It is ter­ri­ble and your truck bucks and kicks whilst on it,” he said.

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