Raymond is state's top truckie
MORE than two million kilometres may wear out the tyres but with Raymond Barrie at the wheel, safety will not be compromised.
The general freight truckie and Emerald local took out the coveted Queensland Trucking Association's Professional Driver of the Year award in Brisbane recently, and now has his sights set on the Australian title.
"It was a bit of a shock at first, you are sort of only doing your everyday job so it's pretty good to get recognised," Raymond said.
Nominated by BP, the annual awards put drivers through a series of rigorous theoretical and practical tests including emergency response scenarios which, when carting bulk quantities of fuel, oil, detergents and other commodities between Emerald and Brisbane, require the ultimate in safety skills.
The win means a few less sleepless nights for Emerald Carrying Company owner Greg Haylock, who said the award was "a big coup" for Raymond.
With the state of disrepair of highways between Emerald and Brisbane, Greg said it was "good to know" the company had safe drivers to tackle the roads.
"He's been with the company virtually all his life," Greg said.
"It's always a major worry in the trucking business if one of the guys gets involved in an incident.
"But having drivers like Raymond certainly makes it easier.
"We're very proud of Raymond. It sets a good example for the others at the company."