Dar­rin Mag­nussen

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROPICS -

A FORD Louisville LNT 9000 was the first truck driven by now 48-year-old Dar­rin Mag­nussen.

“That was a long time ago when I drove for Bow­man’s Trans­port out of Jandowae,” he said.

Dar­rin now drives a Western Star 4900 for Townsville com­pany Blue­dog Haulage and rates it a good truck.

“I have been a driver for about 30 years,” he said when in the park­ing area of the BP Clu­den.

Dar­rin rates much of the Bruce High­way as need­ing work to en­sure safer trav­el­ling.

“A lot of the sec­tion be­tween Bris­bane and Cairns is bad in places,” he said.

Al­though Dar­rin doesn’t use an elec­tronic log book, he has no doubt “that will be com­ing soon”.

Dar­rin said there was nowhere near enough truckie-friendly rest ar­eas and doesn’t have a hobby.

“This truck takes up much of my time,” he said.

Re­gard­ing the COR laws, Dar­rin said he had an open mind on how ef­fec­tive they would be over­all for the in­dus­try.

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