Trib­utes flow for Neville Thacker

Award win­ner who drove mil­lions of safe kilo­me­tres passes away

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THE QUEENS­LAND Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (QTA) has marked the March 29 pass­ing of one of the state’s top truck driv­ers – Townsville-based Neville Thacker.

Lately with Emer­ald Car­ry­ing Com­pany (ECC), Thacker was a QTA Pro­fes­sional Driver of the Year win­ner in 2013 when with BP. He was also short­listed for the same ac­co­lade at the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2014 Na­tional Truck­ing In­dus­try Awards.

The state body quoted ECC owner Greg Hay­lock as say­ing: “Neville was a just a great per­son, he was one of our best, his driv­ing abil­ity was sec­ond to none; he was a pro­fes­sional.”

Thacker had been work­ing at ECC driv­ing avi­a­tion triple fuel tankers and prior to that, Neville worked for BP de­liv­er­ing bulk avi­a­tion prod­ucts and driv­ing road trains around Aus­tralia. Man­age­ment at BP Re­gional Op­er­a­tions said Thacker’s “ex­em­plary be­hav­iour, his in­ci­dent free driv­ing his­tory along with his ex­ten­sive in­dus­try knowl­edge and skills are ev­i­dence of his ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to the trans­port in­dus­try”.

In the QTA’s trib­ute, it stated that, through­out his ca­reer, Thacker drove on some of the most chal­leng­ing and re­mote roads in the coun­try from as far as West­ern Aus­tralia, North­ern Ter­ri­tory, to re­mote ar­eas of Queens­land.

“Over th­ese years, Neville main­tained an unblemished record, driv­ing mil­lions and mil­lions of in­ci­dent-free kilo­me­tres around Aus­tralia,” the trib­ute reads.

“Neville was a quiet deep thinker with an ap­proach­able man­ner. He al­ways demon­strated a high level of pa­tience which at­trib­uted to his ex­em­plary driv­ing record. He was highly re­garded as a pro­fes­sional in his field by his peers and was a ded­i­cated and loyal em­ployee.

“Neville was a genuine and trust­wor­thy per­son who was al­ways pre­pared to of­fer ad­vice and sup­port to those around him, es­pe­cially younger driv­ers.

“He was ex­tremely proud to work for ECC and prior to that BP. He held great re­spect for his em­ploy­ers’ brand and set the high­est stan­dards for oth­ers to fol­low to en­sure that a pro­fes­sional image of the com­pany was main­tained.

“Neville’s high stan­dards also ex­tended to the main­te­nance of his ve­hi­cle. Neville was fas­tid­i­ous when it came to safety and he held all the es­sen­tial knowl­edge re­quired to en­sure his ve­hi­cle was run­ning ef­fi­ciently and safely. He was hon­oured when Greg Hay­lock en­trusted him to drive ECC’s com­mem­o­ra­tive 100th Ken­worth.

“Neville was highly re­spected for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­mit­ment amongst line man­age­ment, peers and cus­tomers. He was and will con­tinue to be a role model for younger driv­ers. He led by ex­am­ple as a pro­fes­sional driver with his at­ten­tion to de­tail and the com­mit­ment to his role as a fuel tanker driver.

“Neville demon­strated the ut­most re­spect to his em­ploy­ers through ex­em­plary con­duct and a pro­fes­sional man­ner. He had a great abil­ity to en­gage with peo­ple on the road and those who met him felt priv­i­leged.”

For­mer QTA award-win­ner Neville Thacker passed away on March 29

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