Rick Lay

He has been involved in the transport industry all his life, his grandfather Roy Lay  had 17 trucks operating as Lay's Transport, then his father Bob went on to run the business after Roy passed away at a very young age. So Rick was around trucks from as far back as he can remember.

 
He has been driving for 30 years now and still enjoys the life on the road although  he admits it is starting to have it's moments.
 
When he started he was  a grease monkey with FleetXpress at 16 years old and then become a forklift driver at 17. At 18 he was on the road delivering portable school rooms to all parts of  NSW. That was until FleetXpress closed down when he was 20.
 
At 21 he had a serious accident in a 3070 that near claimed his life, as a result of that accident he lost the lower part of his right leg. After 6 months of rehabilitation he was back on the road and has been there ever since.
 
From the time FleetXpress closed down he held various positions, in those days you could get a job anywhere. In 1989 he was lucky to be in the right place at the right time and pulled a job driving for the NSW Government, a position he still hold today.
 
He was responsible for getting the Tamworth Truck Drivers Memorial established and co-ordinated it for 5 years. (Under the guidance of Ronnie Pullen)
 
He also organised and participated in the longest reverse (72.7klms) by an articulated vehicle in one continuous movement recognised by the Guinness World Book of Records.
 
He has extensive industry knowledge and has learnt to deal with peoples grief during his time as memorial co-ordinator.
 
Rick says "I am looking forward to working with the team at Trans Help Foundation and believe it's a wonderful concept. This is a great innovation within the Transport industry and I'm proud to have been invited to be a part of it."