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.