Driver vies for national crown

Colac’s Ross Maw will compete against 11 other truck drivers for the crown of Australia’s best truck driver.

Colac’s Ross Maw will compete against 11 other truck drivers for the crown of Australia’s best truck driver.

A COLAC truck driver will travel to Queensland to compete for the crown of Australia’s best truck driver and $10,000.

AKD truck driver Ross Maw said he had to pass a written multiple-choice test and a verbal test to progress as one of 12 truck drivers for the Australia-wide final.

“It was testing your knowledge on all different kinds of stuff like the weights and measurements and the safety devices on the trucks and things about emergency procedure,” Mr Maw said of the two tests.

“It’s was great to get through, especially when I didn’t really think anything of it,” he said.

Mr Maw said Scania Trucks would host the competition’s final round on the Gold Coast in Queensland next month.

He said the truck company had paid for the trip and accommodation for Mr Maw and his wife Louise.

“The final test includes a driving test and you’ve got to do that in the best time, finish with the most points and do it with the best fuel economy,” he said.

“There’s a reversing test and then there’s a load restraining test, they’re really just testing your driving abilities.”

Mr Maw said he started driving trucks at AKD 14 years ago and said he thought preparing for the final round would be easy.

“I’ll study up on the safety side of things, but as for the reversing and driving I do that every day as my job so I don’t really think there’s much more I can do for that,” he said.

“I’ll just have to get out there and drive the best way I can, I think I’ll do okay.

“But it doesn’t really matter too much, getting the free trip up there and just getting there is pretty good.”

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