Truckie Profiles

Driving for 52 years and still going strong

Ron Ogilvie oozes knowledge about the road transport industry – which isn’t surprising considering his decades of experience.

Super fit for his age of 71, I recently saw Ron checking out his load of scrap at the BP Cluden roadhouse parking area.

“The scrap is going back to Brisbane,” he said.

Based in Brisbane, Ron was driving a Kenworth T610 and had brought up garages from the state capital to Townsville.

He’s been a truck driver for 52 years and looks set to continue for some time.

When asked about his favourite roadhouses, Ron was swift to answer.

“I do like it here at the BP Cluden as the facilities are clean and the parking is good,” he said.

Regarding hobbies outside work, Ron enjoys watching golf but says he doesn’t have a handicap these days.

Ron believes the biggest challenge faced by small operators is the rising cost of fuel.

But he did also nominate wages for drivers who are employed by smaller operators.

“I used to employ some drivers but these days just have one truck which I operate myself. My son now runs the Brisbane part doing local work,” he said.

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