OWNER-OPERATOR Ned Andrews is based at Gulgong in New South Wales and was ready to take bitumen from Townsville to Longreach when Big Rigs saw him on October 10.
The 37-year-old Ned drives a 2015 Western Star Constellation and his company is R&J Andrews.
“I tow the trailers with bitumen wherever the company tells me to,” he said.
An owner-operator for almost six years, Ned said one of the most challenging trips he had done was running a road train to the Cape York community of Aurukun.
The often red corrugated dirt road was rough and dusty.
Another road Ned doesn’t like travelling on is between Goondiwindi and Miles in Queensland.
Although Ned doesn’t stop at many roadhouses these days, his favourite in the past was the Little Topar in NSW.
Ned has an electronic logbook, which he doesn’t mind, but said there was a genuine lack of good rest areas for truckies.
“Space at many is taken up by caravans,” he said.
As for the new CoR laws, Ned said the jury was out on their success. “I’ll wait to see if it works properly,” he said. Outside of work, Ned enjoys motorsports but added “when you own a truck there is never much time”.