Rob­bie Reed­man

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROPICS -

FRIENDLY truckie Rob­bie Reed­man has been in­volved with trucks since he was just six months old.

So there is lit­tle won­der why he is a en­thu­si­as­tic driver for the fam­ily com­pany Retro Road­ways which is based at Merino in Vic­to­ria.

Big Rigs met up with the 33-year-old as he did some spring clean­ing of his Western Star on Septem­ber 14 in the park­ing area of the BP Clu­den on Townsville’s out­skirts.

“I have been around trucks since I was born and my dad Glenn and my­self are the two driv­ers for the com­pany,” he said.

Rob­bie had trans­ported gen­eral freight from Mel­bourne to North Queens­land.

“I am wait­ing for some­thing de­cent to come up to take back as I’ll run empty be­fore I run cheap. My first mem­o­ries of trucks was about an old Di­a­mond T,” he said.

Rob­bie likes stop­ping at the Lit­tle Topar Road­house near Bro­ken Hill and I asked him were there enough rest ar­eas for driv­ers?

“Yes and no. There are enough in some ar­eas and not enough in oth­ers. It re­ally de­pends on where you are,” he said.

Govern­ment reg­u­la­tions are the ma­jor is­sue fac­ing truck­ies ac­cord­ing to Rob­bie and many oth­ers. Rob­bie has a sign writ­ten on the bot­tom sec­tion of his truck un­der the num­ber plates. It reads “Over­loaded with Govern­ment Reg­u­la­tions.”

And this young truckie doesn’t shy away from hav­ing his name put to the sign.

That is also the case when I asked Rob­bie what roads he rates as amongst the worst in Aus­tralia.

“The ma­jor­ity are in Vic­to­ria and there is too many to name them,” he said.

Out­side work Rob­bie loves spend­ing time with his fam­ily and has three boys aged eight, 11, and 16.

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