Truckie Profiles

Owner-operators feel the pinch of fuel price increases

Like every other owner-operator, NSW driver Basil ‘Spitz’ Spitzkowsky has been affected by the big increase in fuel prices.

“You have to carefully pick where you fill up and which places have the best price,” he said.

Newcastle-based Spitz, 41, was checking the trailers on his Kenworth K200 at the BP Cluden when he stopped for a chat.

“I have brought up mining equipment from Newcastle for Moranbah and Townsville and will be taking general freight back to Brisbane and home,” he said.

Spitz has been an owner-operator for four years and his company is BMS Haulage, however he’s been a driver for over 20 years.

His favourite roadhouse is the Little Topar in NSW and says there is never enough rest areas for truckies.

“The ones I like are where it is quiet and dark,” he said.

As for Covid-19, Spitz said he had received the two jabs and it hadn’t really affected him.

“You just have to abide by the right procedures,” he said.

His hobbies include repairing old cars and motorbikes. Currently, Spitz is working on a 1984 W model with his dad.

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