Truckies ‘piddled off’ after their
Vandalism at rest areas anger
A SHORTAGE of rest areas suitable for heavy vehicles is a major concern for truckies around the country.
But there is nothing worse that “piddles” off our drivers more than when the ones that are user-friendly get vandalised.
That happens often and makes you ponder how the culprits can sleep at night after being responsible for such acts.
Spy spoke to a truckie last week who found a spot to park his triple road train at one rest area.
It was free of caravans which normally take up most of the space and he headed over to the public toilets which are for the convenience of all travellers.
Alas, there were human faeces and graffiti on the walls and urine on the floor.
Some poor crew from the local council would have had to clean the mess up the next day.
This type or vandalism is not uncommon and Spy has been told of many incidences at rest areas in most states.
It may often be the Aussie tradition not to dob people in for some offences.
But if ever Spy witnessed such acts he would be first cab off the rank to do just that.
Cash man truckie
THERE was a young truckie in far north Queensland making an early morning delivery to a popular café who became the subject of serious mistaken identity.
He parked his light right about 20m away from the front entrance of the eatery beside a busy road and was confronted by numerous people calling him “cash man”.
He asked several why he was being referred to by that name and then the penny dropped.
All of the people had been listening to a top rating breakfast radio program which advises listeners the location of where their “giveaway van” will be.
The ones which hands out food and other goodies but alas it wasn’t him.
The heat is on
CLIMATE change is a controversial subject in the community and often spoken about by truckies Spy comes across.
Many reckon it seems hotter generally this year than in the past and the sun is burning.
Drivers want more rest areas with shade and people who use public toilet facilities at the ones which have them to look after them.
“I saw a truckie come out of a toilet at one and I went in after him and he hadn’t flushed it. There was a big ‘log’ floating in the water,” a NSW truckie told Spy.
Near Rockhampton there are several sister rest areas according to a truckie mate, one for cars and vans and another only for truckies.
Tassie ozone layer
YOU would expect the sun not to be so uncomfortable down in Tasmania as it is a long distance from the tropics.
However many Tassie drivers will tell you there is a hole in the ozone layer above the Apple Isle which results in many having skin cancers.
A prominent doctor/surgeon from Devonport in the Apple Isle told Spy he cuts out a large number of skin cancers every month.
This well known medical man has worked in Queensland and NSW before moving to Tassie.
SNAKES are out in force due to the heat and breeding season and often are found in most unusual places.
A South Oz truckie pulled up at a remote road house or service centre and saw a woman screaming out after what looked like a deadly species slithering towards her.
He swiftly grabbed a tyre lever and was about to take care of the snake.
Then came a warning from a nearby grey nomad who was filming the incident on his mobile phone camera.
“If you kill that snake I’ll report you to the authorities as it is a protected species. And I have your truck number plate.”
This all happened in less than a minute so our man really didn’t have much time to react to the situation.
But the would be dobber had some advice to offer.
“You should leave these snakes to wildlife people to deal with.”
Hardly an option when they were more than 100km from the nearest town.
The end result was the snake took off into nearby bush but our truckie pondered how he would have felt if it had bitten the poor lady.
A YOUNG mine worker was over the moon the day after getting his HR truck licence.
The lad aged in his 20s
was told that gaining such a licence would enhance his prospects for higher remuneration and promotion.
“I am pretty happy to get the licence and have always wanted to be a truck driver,” he said.
The licence will enable him to drive several rigs at the mine but gives him the opportunity to gain employment as a truck driver.
That is his aim in the short term and also get some lessons in a bid for a heavy vehicle licence.
Spy asked him if he would have his picture snapped and a story about it.
But he declined but will certainly agree when he does become a fulltime driver.
THREE truckie mates had plenty of reason to celebrate after receiving a hot tip for a horse racing at Warwick Farm in Sydney.
It was in race 4 on October 24 and they went into their local Pub Tab and expected the galloper to be one of the favourites.
However they looked at its price on the odds screen and this top weight (number one) it was paying $13.
Two of the lads had a flutter on the horse whilst the other punter saw that it was showing $34 for the win on fixed odds.
So he placed what he described as a “lobster” or $20 bill at those juicy odds and the horse duly won and he picked up $680.
It ended up paying more $19.80 for the win on the normal betting and the two also had $20 a win on it.
And the name of the horse – it was Absolute Ripper.
THERE is a respected NSW truckie who has a large scar on one arm.
Human curiosity ensures that he gets lots of comments from people about how the injury which resulted in the scar came about.
Like many others Spy asked the gent had he been attacked by a shark or crocodile.
The answer was a quick “no”.
In fact the injury came about some years ago when he loading a truck.
Seat allocation disaster
A WELL known transport identity took his wife on a romantic holiday to the United Kingdom and had some angst over seating allocation during sections of the long flights.
The loving couple had expected to sit beside each other but alas that was not the case.
On two legs of the journey the pair were given seats in different rows on the Airbus.
One of the flight attendants told them that it was the fault of the travel agent who booked the holiday.
Which was denied by the agent.
Movember And Ocsober
NUMEROUS truckies around our great country will be growing moustaches during November to help raise money for charity.
Called “Movember” the event raises funds which go to awareness and research into men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and male mental health.
It commenced in 2006 and since then many of our champion community drivers have participated.
Whilst on the subject, Spy can report on results from some truckies who were part of the Ocsober campaign.
Ocsober is a national fundraising initiative by Life Education to reduce drug and alcohol related harm in young people.
Participants vowed not to drink alcohol during October to raise money for charity.
Spy knows of 10 truckies who were involved and nine of them claimed they kept their vow. The other gent said he did get tempted for one day when he attended a birthday party.
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TASSIE OZONE HOLE: There may be clouds in the sky above this roadhouse in northern Tasmania but truckies reckon a hole in the ozone layer causes many skin cancers.
REST AREA: A truck pulls over at a power-nap rest area in Victoria which has a toilet.