Truck driver, Truckie Profiles

Rising fuel costs concerning for owner-operator

Adam Gee, 45, has been an owner-operator for the past five years and a truck driver for two decades. He drives a 2013 Kenworth 609.

His company is Gee Logistics, based at Maryborough in southern Queensland.

“I carry general freight and subby for Dawsons Haulage which has depots at Toowoomba, Wodonga and West Wyalong,” he said.

I saw Gee at the BP Cluden Roadhouse at Townsville in August but was in the midst of an interview with another truckie.

But I snapped his picture and got his phone number.

A week later I contacted him when he was at Wodonga carrying general freight.

“I travel around Queensland, NSW, South Australia and Victoria but don’t get over to WA. I get to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and as far north as Cairns,” he said.

He has two favourite roadhouses: the BP Clermont in central Queensland and the Moorlands beside the Pacific Highway in NSW.

“You get a good feed at them. My favourite meal is t-bone steak,” he said.

The worst road Gee travels along is the 134km long one between Walgett and Hebel in NSW.

“I went along it the other day and it was very rough. I was doing 70km/h,” he said.

As for rest areas, Gee said there could be more which are suitable for truck drivers.

“It is not too bad in NSW but Queensland needs a lot more. Also many caravans take up parking spaces at some roadhouses,” he said.

Like many truck drivers, Gee said the rising cost of fuel was a major concern.

“I fuelled up in Townsville at $2.10 a litre and later at Clermont it was five cents a litre cheaper, then at Roma it was also $2.10. Without the fuel subsidy it would be even worse,” he said.

Outside work Gee likes spending time with family and also barracks for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL.

He was disappointed that last year’s beaten grand finalists the Parramatta Eels didn’t qualify for the top eight this season.

But he was happy the Eels had defeated premiers Penrith Panthers 32-18 a night before we spoke.

In conclusion Gee was glowing in his praise for Dawsons Haulage which he said was a great company to work with.

“They are without a doubt the best people I have carried for,” he said.

Dawsons Haulage is a proud Australian owned, family operated company, established in 1990 with one prime mover. 

It has evolved into a specialised logistics company operating 100 prime movers and 150 trailers.

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