Truckie Profiles

Shined up and ready to roll

Armed with a bottle of cleaning liquid and a big smile on his face, Shepherd had been cleaning his truck whilst on a break when Big Rigs caught up with him.

“It is now very shiny and I even cleaned the wheel rims,” he said.

Shepherd, 49, works for Trinity Petroleum carrying fuel, and was driving a Kenworth T401 with a C-12 Caterpillar engine and an 18 speed gearbox.

“I have been a truck driver since I was 18 and really like the job,” he said.

Shepherd likes stopping at the Puma Roadhouse at Calcium along the Flinders Highway and the Lights on the Hill near Hughenden when on the road.

Though he said there needs to be more rest areas for drivers, the ones he does praise are at Rollingstone on the Bruce Highway and at Woodstock.

Shepherd has barracked for the Canberra Raiders in the NRL since 1989. The Raiders may have missed out on NRL finals action in season 2021 but Shepherd hopes they charge up the ladder next season.

Previously Shepherd had driven a Kenworth T659 for Puma Energy of Garbutt in North Queensland.

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