Andrew Beattie

Big Rigs - - BIG RIGS | TASSIE TRUCKERS -

AND yes it had been rain­ing (again!) when we pulled in to the Ep­ping For­est Road­house the other day for a hot cuppa.

We were for­tu­nate to catch up with Andrew Beattie from Devon­port when he rolled in to get out of the rain for a bit.

Driv­ing an RBA Line­haul 2004 Mack Mag­num with a 500 V-Mack up front, he was tow­ing a Maxi-Cube pan at the time and was on his way from Devon­port to Ho­bart, then Sorell and on to Kingston be­fore re­turn­ing home.

“I’ve re­cently started driv­ing for Bruce, and I’d have to say this has been a great job so far. He runs top well-main­tained gear, and he looks af­ter his driv­ers as you will know, so all is re­ally good and I am happy as... though I could do with a break in this rain for a bit.”

Andrew tells us he has been on the road now for 20 years.

“Twenty years and it’s mostly been pretty good to me; any­way I can’t af­ford to re­tire as I have too many kids. We’ve still got five at home!”

We asked him how he spent his time off, and he told us he re­ally en­joys fish­ing, both game and fresh and salt wa­ter.

“It’s pretty much a fam­ily in­ter­est as even the kids are in an an­glers club at Devon­port, and they love it too. I en­joy any­thing out­doors, kids and all. We are so lucky to live in Tas­ma­nia where there is al­ways so much to get out there and be in­volved in.”

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