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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.

Pro­tected species

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.

Li­cence ex­cite­ment

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.

Ab­so­lute ripper

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.

Scar cu­rios­ity

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.

Ph: (03) 9931 6565

PHOTO: SPY

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.

PHOTO: SPY

REST AREA: A truck pulls over at a power-nap rest area in Vic­to­ria which has a toi­let.

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