Dave Foster

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROPICS -

DUR­ING the foot­ball sea­son ex­pe­ri­enced truckie Dave Foster is a rugby league ref­eree in coun­try New South Wales.

Based at Young, the 46-year-old David drives a 2016 Ken­worth T-909 for Hornby Trans­port at Wol­lon­gong.

Dave has just stopped for a break at the BP Clu­den in Townsville when I yarned to him on Septem­ber 16.

“I have brought up mill balls for the min­ing in­dus­try from New­cas­tle for Mount Isa. Also I have a back­load to pick up at Simsmetal in Townsville for Syd­ney,” he said. His son Den­nis also is a rugby league ref­eree. Dave loves stop­ping at the Yamba Road­house in South Aus­tralia which he says tick all the boxes for truck­ies.

“The good is great and Jane the cook there re­ally looks after driv­ers. All the staff are friendly and the prices rea­son­able,” he said.

Dave was glow­ing in his praise of his com­pany, Horny Trans­port, which he says has elec­tronic log­books and is very safety ori­en­tated.

“I have worked for them for four years and they are very fair,” he said.

One thing that Dave said needs to be done to im­prove safety on the roads gen­er­ally is for gov­ern­ments to pro­vide more rest ar­eas.

“For 10 years rest ar­eas have been ne­glected and in that pe­riod the num­ber of trucks has dou­bled if not tre­bled,” he said.

Dave is 154cm tall which he said can be an ad­van­tage in his job at times.

Asked about the worst roads he trav­els on, Dave nom­i­nated sev­eral around his home town of Young.

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