Passion for the job keeps Anthony Taylor trucking along

By: Peter Schlenk, Photography by: Peter Schlenk


Heavy haulage driver loves the variety the trucking industry offers.

Passion for the job keeps Anthony Taylor trucking along
Truck driving is a passion for Anthony Taylor

 

One day truck driver Anthony Taylor will be chugging along in north Queensland, while his next load could take him to the Sunshine Coast or down to Sydney.

And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Taylor, who operates a Kenworth T409 SAR crane truck for Booth Crane Truck Hire in Brisbane, regularly handles long and oversized loads.

"It is a privilege to be held responsible and be able to do the job," Anthony says.

A lot of Anthony’s work is up around Mackay and the mines out in Dysart and Mooloolaba, northwest Queensland and out to Charleville.

"I’ve been out to Thargomindah, Wilcannia as well as down to Dubbo and Sydney. We go anywhere the work is but I spend half the week around Brisbane and the residual in the country," he tells Owner//Driver.

"It’s a passion and when it’s a passion, it’s like everything in life – if you love doing your work, it’s not work at all."

Trucking is in Anthony’s blood. His father, Stephen, and three uncles all drove trucks.  

"Even my cousins drive," Anthony says.

"Always as a kid, I would go with dad during the school holidays. He drove old Transtars, Road Bosses and Macks."

Owner//Driver first caught up with Anthony in Roma where he was delivering roofing for the new Halliburton site, and again a couple of weeks later as he was driving out of Brisbane.

On that day he was on his way to Cunnamulla with another load of Lysaght roofing products, expecting to arrive in the southwest Queensland town mid-morning after fuelling up in Toowoomba.

You can read Anthony’s full story in the April edition of Owner//Driver.

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