South Australian trucking tycoon Allan Scott has passed away, aged 85.
Mr Scott died early this morning in the Mount Gambier Hospital. According to an AdelaideNow report, he had part of one leg amputated due to complications relating to diabetes and also had heart problems.
He founded the trucking business Scott’s Transport in South Australia, which started from one truck 56 years ago and has grown to be one of the biggest freight companies in Australia, along with Linfox.
As one of Australia’s most powerful business figures, he had business interests overarching transport, media and retail sectors, and was inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Scott Group of Companies reportedly generates an annual turnover of around $1 billion.
Last month, Mr Scott appointed Bruce Grubb, who has been with the company for more than 30 years, to assume the day-to-day responsibilities and management of the Scott Group of Companies.
“The announcement acknowledges the success of Mr Grubb in assisting me to build the Mount Gambier-based conglomerate,” Mr Scott told The Border Watch, which he owned.
His official biography ‘A truckie’s dream’ was published last year.