Peter Nixon

Big Rigs - - TASSIE TRUCKIN’ -

LAUNCE­S­TON’S Peter Nixon rolled in to Mood Food, the 24-hour Cal­tex truck stop and road­house at Kemp­ton, for a re­fresh­ment break the other day.

He was driv­ing an eye-catch­ing Polytec 2016 UD PK1728 rigid at the time.

“I’m on my way back to Launce­s­ton just now, on my re­turn leg from Ho­bart, empty, hav­ing brought down a load of par­quetry boards for cab­i­net-mak­ers,” he said.

“I have been here for two months now, and if I am hon­est, this is an awe­some job. And this is the per­fect rig for the work – so good to drive and com­fort­able, and it’s even au­to­matic.

“Plus, they are a good crowd to work with and they look af­ter their driv­ers and run top gear.”

He told us he has been on the road for about 25 years.

“I spent the first 18 years driv­ing dump trucks up on Groote Is­land, then I came down here to Tas­ma­nia seven years ago and I love it here, es­pe­cially as we work statewide,” he said.

“And this state is per­fect for my time off as I en­joy fish­ing, camp­ing and four-wheel driv­ing. “What bet­ter a lo­ca­tion?” He said he’d never had any re­grets about driv­ing as a ca­reer, other than that he should have started straight away af­ter leav­ing school.

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