Truck driver, Truckie Profiles

Almost two decades on the road for this Tassie truckie

A truckie for the past 18 years, Dex Ballard works for Kile Transport based in the beautiful Huon Valley region of southern Tasmania.

Big Rigs saw him one morning recently when he was fuelling up at the Mood Food Roadhouse beside the Midlands Highway at Kempton.

“I have milk bottles to take to Elizabeth Town along the Bass Highway and also have Visy cardboard cartons,” he said.

Ballard, 50, was driving a DAF that day which he said is not his normal truck.

“I usually drive a Freightliner Argosy but it is getting some maintenance work done on it,” he said.

The 50-year-old Ballard said most highways in Tassie were good and said that all of the roadworks on the Midlands held up traffic.

“But when it is all finished it will be good. The section of the Midlands just past Campbelltown near the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station needs some attention,” he said.

He likes Mood Food and Epping Forest Roadhouse and outside work restores Honda Z- bikes.

As for the cold weather, Ballard said he didn’t mind it. “If it gets too cold I just put on an extra jumper.”

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