Who does it better? UK truckies
What would you do?
YOU are driving along a remote highway and spot a truck parked up at a rest area with the driver’s feet hanging out the window.
Is the driver deceased, ill, or maybe just having a sleep?
First thoughts may be that if he was having a snooze, a much more comfortable option would be in the sleeper box.
Would you knock on the outside of the door to ensure the truckie isn’t ill and needs help - or do nothing?
A cardinal rule at roadhouses or rest areas is never wake up a truckie who is asleep.
I heard some truckies at an eatery talking about this subject after they had seen a “legs out the window situation” up the highway.
Two drove on and the other gently knocked on the truck and discovered the driver was having a nap.
The above situation has happened to Spy several times and it can prove to be a dilemma on what action to take.
ANGRY is the best way to describe how some truckies felt about the actions of a fellow who was seeking a lift at a big roadhouse.
The drivers were either sitting in the driver’s seat of their trucks or standing nearby when the hitchhiker, aged in his 30’s, “ghosted” them asking for a lift.
He went from truck to truck and abused a couple who refused his request.
Hardly the type anybody would want to have in their truck for a long journey.
The culprit even approached two light rig drivers who were resting on a nearby footpath with their dog.
This annoying fellow persisted for about an hour, even approaching drivers who were fuelling their trucks.
Spy saw him later beside the highway with his thumb out hoping for a lift.
CHEEKY truckie is an apt description of the Fuso cement truck driver who illegally parked on one side of a busy roundabout during the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.
He activated the hazard lights and bolted into a pub about 15m away where there was a TAB.
Scores of people at a nearby cafe looked on and most pondered that he had slipped inside for a flutter on the horses.
During the few minutes he was inside a police patrol car negotiated the roundabout and didn’t book him.
Officers probably thought he was ready to drop off some concrete and even though he was illegally parked, didn’t hold up any traffic.
The truckie came running out and into the driver’s seat of the Fuso and would have had no idea that his actions were the subject of such conversation.
OUR truckie mates see some weird things as they travel around Australia.
One of the most bizarre incidents involved a young man on a skateboard seen along the highway across the Nullarbor Plain.
That in itself is probably not unique as drivers have reported this mode of transport irregularly in the past.
However this rider was armed with an oar from a small boat which he used to propel the skateboard forward.
One driver said it was strange to see the oar hitting the ground as the skate was moving.
Thongs and marriage
WE all know that truckies wearing singlets and rubber thongs is like our association with football, meat pies, kangaroos and the Aussie car.
Go to most roadhouses or truck stops around this vast country and you are sure to see some champions of the highways getting around in thongs.
But I could hardly believe my sub agent the “Bright Spark” who snaps photos for this column when he told about a wedding he attended at the glitzy Gold Coast on November 3.
“The best man wore thongs during the ceremony and at the reception,” old Bright Spark quipped.
At least he didn’t lob up in a singlet.
“No, he came in a nice pair of long pants and a lovely white shirt,” Bright Spark quipped.
A ROAD transport identity who has visited many roadhouses in the past few years reckons the Aussie ones are equal or even better on average than many in England.
The middle-aged lad sent Spy a pic of a Pom service centre he stopped off at in Cheshire County.
“You could get petrol and lots of different food at various shops there. Like the service centres in parts of Victoria, NSW and WA here,” he said.
His all-time favourite Down Under is the Epping Forest Roadhouse beside the Heritage Highway between Launceston and Hobart in Tasmania.
“The food was great and I also got to see the Truckies Memorial at one side of it,” he said.
He said parts of the drive along the route, which is also known as the Midlands Hwy in the Apple Isle, resembled parts of the Mother Country.
WHEN old Spy heads out to a roadhouse or rest area he never ceases to be amazed by what he hears or sees.
That was the case in November when I drove into
POMMY TRUCK STOP: The English Service Centre visited by an Aussie.