Ned An­drews

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROPICS -

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”.

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