Truckie Profiles

A family business through and through

Enthusiastic driver Brad Lette is an integral part of the family company Freightshift Logistics, which is based in Brisbane.

“My dad Don Lette owns the company and has 18 trucks,” said the 38-year-old truckie, who’s been in the driver’s seat for the past 18 years.

Freightshift Logistics runs regular services between Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne; as well as services in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Lette says he loves the challenge the job brings. “I do enjoy the variation,” Lette said, while behind the wheel of a Kenworth T601 with a Cummins 600hp motor up front and an 18 speed gearbox. He was carrying steel coils from Brisbane to Townsville.

Standing at just 155cm tall, I asked if his height was an advantage or a disadvantage. “Probably a disadvantage overall but I can get under trailers easier,” he said.

On the topic of rest areas, Lette said there are more suitable rest areas in the south than in north Queensland. “Generally the ones with toilets are full,” he said.

The young driver likes stopping at the Caltex Springsure Roadhouse, where he says his favourite meal is bacon and eggs.

This genuine sports follower barracks for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL and the Lions in the rival AFL.

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