Merv Philps

In April 2023, Just Truckn Around1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMay 11, 2023

Merv Philps enjoys travelling all over New Zealand in his 2022 DAF XF530. Alison and Mike Verran stopped for a chat when they saw his unit parked at the Waiouru Z fuel stop. Based in Timaru, Merv carts general freight “and a lot of chilled stuff” for Te Poi’s MLD (Main Line Distribution).

Merv’s career started in the tyre business. “After an injury while changing truck tyres, I had to change my profession. I decided on truck driving, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve been driving for 20-odd years, including six years in Australia. I love the freedom while driving – you’re your own boss. The one issue I have is the other drivers on the road. Many have no respect.”

On his way to Oamaru, Merv was having a short break in Waiouru. Following along were his Cambridge- based parents, Morris and Christine (pictured). They were all headed south to celebrate Merv’s 50th birthday. Morris had on the appropriate cap, stating he was the ‘Scenery Inspector’.

Merv answered the vexing question, ‘Tomato sauce or Worcestershire sauce?’ with, “Worcestershire, it has a stronger taste.”

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