Truckie Profiles

The early bird catches the worm

It was great to catch up with Richard Harvey from Deloraine recently when he pulled up in a very neat Orion Tanks 2021 Fuso 1227 rigid, towing a trailer.

He was on his return to Deloraine after delivering and installing tanks in the Hobart area.

Obviously very happy with the job, Harvey told us he has been with Orion Tanks for four good years now, adding, “It’s just a great job and I don’t ever intend leaving it. The Fuso is a great rig and perfect for what we do, comfortable and manoeuvrable, and they really look after me as well. Only drawback is these 3 or 4am dark morning starts as winter closes in, but we deliver tanks from one end of Tasmania to the other so I get to see some great scenery, much of it off the beaten track,” Harvey said.

“I deliver them on-site then install them to the client’s satisfaction, and I’d have to say you meet some very nice folk out there too. I’ve been on the road now for 20 years and have never had any regrets about taking it up as a career, as I enjoy the work, and also, where else would you get a chance to see Tassie like this? And you really get to understand why we get so many tourists down here.”

We asked him what he likes to do in his spare time and he said, “All the usual, you know, hunting, shooting and fishing.”

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