Kevin Jackson’s immaculate 2015 MAN TGX was looking sharp in Shannon so it didn’t take much to persuade him to agree to a Just Truckin’ Around chat with Faye Lougher. Kevin has been driving trucks for about 32 years and has been a Mainfreight contractor for about a year.
While his business is based in Mt Maunganui, he lives in the Coromandel and regularly travels all over the country hauling general freight. He was heading to Wellington the day we spoke to him, after setting off from Hastings.
“I got into driving because my brother-in-law used to drive and I used to go along for a ride before I started driving trucks myself. I just love the freedom and seeing different places, especially down South. It’s something different every day.”
The only problem Kevin could identify in the industry was the high number of young drivers coming through who are inexperienced. “They need better training,” he says. When faced with the choice of an airliner or a cruise ship, Kevin opted for the airliner.
“It gets you there faster!”
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