Truck driver hall of fame

Pottsville driver given top award

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Brennan ais­ling.brennan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

A POTTSVILLE truck driver has been in­ducted into the road trans­port in­dus­try’s Shell Rim­ula Wall of Fame at the Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.

Af­ter start­ing Shack­ell Trans­port in 1976 with a 1969 F86 Volvo prime mover, Bob Shack­ell’s com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing ev­ery­thing from mo­lasses to mar­ble has led him to be­ing im­mor­talised as a hero among the truck­ing com­mu­nity.

Mr Shack­ell said he was hon­oured to have re­ceived the award, along­side 81 other truck driv­ers.

“I’m a lit­tle bit hum­bled when you look at all of our fore­fa­thers in the in­dus­try,” he said.

Shack­ell Trans­port boasts a long his­tory in sup­port­ing lo­cal truck driv­ers and pro­vid­ing qual­ity cus­tomer ser­vice for those odd jobs oth­ers might not want to tackle.

“We started in early 1976 with one truck and I was ba­si­cally free­lanc­ing in­ter­state work­ing for var­i­ous com­pa­nies and by mid-year we started cart­ing drums of mo­lasses form Con­dong Sugar Mill and a cou­ple of years later we were do­ing bulk,” Mr Shack­ell said.

“We try to stay out of main­stream (trans­port) as much we can and try the more chal­leng­ing stuff.

“Our em­ploy­ees are all lo­cal, 50% are very close to Pottsville while some are from Syd­ney, Port Mac­quarie but the rest are within a stone’s throw to as far as Uki and Elanora on the Gold Coast.” Mr Shack­ell said he had al­ways had a love for the truck­ing in­dus­try.

“I love driv­ing, I love driv­ing trucks,” he said.

“To me, driv­ing trucks is just like golf­ing. I find it re­lax­ing. I don’t do a lot of driv­ing these days. I just en­joy the sat­is­fac­tion of pro­vid­ing good ser­vice to our cus­tomer.”

Mr Shack­ell said he had seen many changes to the in­dus­try over the years.

“The roads have im­proved out of sight and along with that brings heaps of ef­fi­ciency with brake ware and tyres,” he said.

“For driv­ers it’s a bit more chal­leng­ing with their sur­veil­lance, it’s not as free as it was 30 years ago. We don’t do any just-in-time or overnight de­liv­er­ies be­cause we don’t want to put that much pres­sure on our em­ploy­ees.”

WELL DONE: Bob Shack­ell and his wife Robyn at the Shell Rim­ula Wall of Fame at the Na­tional Road Trans­port Hall of Fame.

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