John Rush was parked in the south service lane in Levin, waiting to collect mail and courier items from New Zealand Post when Faye Lougher spotted he was driving the latest truck to join MJ and TM Pickford’s fleet. The 2018 DAF CF 85-510 was looking immaculate, just the way Michael Pickford likes his trucks to look. John said he has been driving trucks for about 12 years, 10 of those with Pickfords.
Currently he’s doing the Palmerston North to Levin return run, collecting from New Zealand Post and Courier Post depots in the region. “I love it, it’s just the freedom cruising the highways and watching stupid people do things on the road,” he said. John is working part-time for Pickfords at the moment and said the biggest problem he can see in the industry today is the ongoing issue of there not being enough skilled drivers. “Everyone’s crying out for drivers,” he said. John’s a Ford man through and through, owning a classic 1980 V8 Mark II Ford Escort that he races in the Historic Sports Sedans class at Manfeild. He’s also into classic motorbikes, and owns – among others – a 1977 Yamaha DT175.
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