Stanley Paillard

Five minutes with…

Stan Paillard


ATL Haulage Ltd

How did you get started in the industry?

I started in the industry about 30 years ago, driving cattle wagons for the family farm in Australia. Then I moved to England 20 years ago with my wife, who is English. I worked on container work with Hiabs and side loaders until about a year ago when I joined ATL Haulage.

Tell us about your typical day?

There is no typical day for me; every day can vary. The only guarantee is that I will be pulling a container, loaded with anything from alcohol to department store goods to scrap metal to personal effects, basically anything that can fit into a container.

What is your favourite work pattern?

Personally, for me, the earlier the better. I love the peace and quiet of the road’s in the early hours of the morning, so anytime from midnight is what suits me the best.

However, it is not for everybody, as some people might struggle to sleep in daylight hours.

What do you love about your job?

What I love most about my job is the fact that you are on your own most of the time, which kind of makes you feel like you are your own boss. Not with the constraints of a building with four walls. I get to travel around the country and see some wonderful places!

What advice would you give to someone thinking about becoming a lorry driver?

The advice I would give someone thinking about becoming a lorry driver is it is not a job; it is a lifestyle, and it’s not 9-to-5. It is any time you start to whenever the job is finished or when your hours are up.

That said, for me, it is the greatest job in the world, not many jobs give you the freedom we have, despite the long hours and time away from the family.