Truck driver wary of Melbourne CBD pedestrians

By: Tamara Whitsed, Photography by: Tamara Whitsed


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Vince Maiorana has learned to expect the unexpected from pedestrians in the heart of Melbourne.

 

Melbourne is one of few places in Australia where truck drivers share the streets with trams.

But Vince Maiorana says pedestrians present the greatest challenge facing city truck drivers.

"[Pedestrians are] too busy on their phones and looking down," Maiorana says.

"They’re not paying attention to what’s going on around them. Everyone’s in a hurry. Their mind is actually somewhere else.

"Pedestrians do funny things. I’ve seen people just quickly run across the road as I’m going to take off. They try to beat the red man. You look at them and just shake your head."

Maiorana makes allowances for the unexpected at traffic lights.

"Before I take off I look around. I make sure everything is clear and I take off slowly, just in case someone comes out," he says.

Maiorana is Melbourne born and bred and has spent 15 years driving rigids through the suburbs and CBD.

Reversing into a narrow laneway can be stressful, but Maiorana says this stress only lasts a few minutes.

"After that it’s pretty much smooth sailing," he says.

 

"I know it’s just truck driving but there’s some skill to it, to get it spot on."Could you reverse a 10-pallet truck from Little Lonsdale Street into Knox Lane?

Posted by Owner Driver on Wednesday, 9 September 2015

 

Maiorana works for Q&V Australia and carts produce from a distribution centre at Derrimut to supermarkets throughout Melbourne.

No two days are the same, but a typical day could see Maiorana driving a 14-pallet truck to St Kilda, a 10-pallet truck to Little Lonsdale Street and then an eight-pallet truck to Flinders Lane.

Sometimes he can travel from the CBD to Derrimut in 30 minutes, but if a delay puts him on the road at peak hour it can take 90 minutes.

Owner//Driver was impressed with Maiorana’s driving skills when he reversed a Hino rigid from Little Lonsdale Street into Knox Lane.

"I know it’s just truck driving but there’s some skill to it, to get it spot on," he says.

"It’s from years of practice."

Read more about Maiorana in the September edition of Owner//Driver magazine.

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