Dont know if anyone remembers but years ago ,some big floats had steering,and a guy used to ride in a small cabin under the deck and in front of the float axle rhs wheels.,steering the float......Wouldnt want the float to go over a roundabout or traffic island.......but I suppose the guy steering was supposed to avoid that.
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Back around 1988 I did blue light escort work on a few big loads, a couple of which had R-send steers men. I think the MCG light towers had them, but my job was not to escort but to part the waters. And quite recently happen to watch some mob moving precast concrete overpass spans out of Bendigo, the R-send was electronically or otherwise remotely controlled but to get out onto high street a bloke was hiding in under the span on the back axel group manually and I would say frantically steering to try and avoid knocking power poles down and climbing kerbs etc.
Couple of blokes on foot, lots of shouting, and a short back and fill then off they went at a flying 20kph, bloke just lounging under the beam, work done. Smart idea, but oh&S probably didn't fancy the possible risk.
Bloke on the back of the Brambles pic seems to be in shorts and thongs.......not that long ago ,standard truckie uniform was a blue singlet, shorts and thongs,depending on summer or winter ,maybe a shirt.