Mark Fegan

In Just Truckn Around, August 20202 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 10, 2020

Mark Fegan from Dunedin has been in the driving game for 10 years now, and continues to enjoy every day he does it. And why wouldn‘t he? He pilots one of the sharp A and L Coombs Contracting Scanias, carting bread from Dunedin to Timaru each day for Goodman Fielder. The 2018 R730 Scania has 780,000km on it, and still looks like it did when it first went on the road. It‘s a credit to Mark and his shift partners, Dave, Shaun, and Pete. It was in for a service when Craig Andrews caught up with Mark and asked him what makes him tick. “The freedom of driving on the open road with the radio going and enjoying my own company,” he said. There‘s nothing he dislikes about the work or the industry.

His driving career started back with Subzero on a small class 2 Isuzu Elf delivering chilled and frozen products around Dunedin. This is where his love of driving began. He went to Mainstream next, doing metro work after he passed his class 4. As with his class 4, he gained his class 5 off his own bat, and moved on to TSI doing floating work. But a desire to have his own run saw him head to Blair Wellsford driving a FH Volvo carting steel between Dunedin and Invercargill on contract to K&S Freighters. It was from there that he went to Coombs, firstly on floating work driving an FH Volvo, which then led to the current Scania. Trucking is in his family, with his dad and both granddads driving at some stage, so for Mark it was a good idea to follow in their footsteps. His vexing question was dairy farm or sheep and beef farm. His answer? “Beef and sheep all the way.”

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