National Road Transport Hall of Fame member, Ray Scott, a major shareholder in K&S Corporation, has died aged 70.
An icon of the road transport industry, Scott was a respected operator, driver and presence in the Northern Territory where he regularly piloted 100-tonne multi-trailer combinations between Darwin, Tenant Creek, Alice Springs and Mount Gambier.
Son of trucking magnate Allan Scott AO, whose transport empire began in Mount Gambier in 1951, Ray Scott played a significant role in the transport industry sectors especially in roadtrain livestock and oil hauling.
Scott founded his own company in the wake of his father's death in 2008.
Following in his father's footsteps, Scott was also inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in 2013.
Roadmaster Haulage Founder Denis Robertson fondly remembered Scott as a very practical and hands-on operator.
“I recall when International Trucks Australia launched a new truck in Alice Springs, Ray was enlisted to do the demonstrations because he was so highly-skilled,” he said.
“I also recall his father Allan saying that Ray was the best operator he had, being the most efficient on tyres, fuel and always keeping his trucks in perfect condition," said Robertson.
“As well as being a highly accomplished operator, Ray demonstrated great kindness, always lending a helping hand. He also had a good sense of humour, often coming out with great one-liners.”
In a statement released today, the Victorian Transport Association described Scott as an icon whose place within the sector will be hard to replicate.
"He was known by all to be honest, hard-working and generous in so many ways to everyone he would meet," the VTA said.
"Ray loved his children and grandchildren and made sure that they always had his full attention.
"As a truck driver he was one of the best that our industry has ever produced. We will forever miss his dry sense of humour and cheeky smile."
Scott passed peacefully with his family by his side 13 July after a long battle with cancer.