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Phil Taylor
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The Truck Industry Council, Australia's peak truck manufacturer group, has set itself the task of representing the trucking industry, responding positively to concerns of the public by building trucks that meet the world's most stringent safety and environmental standards. Current president is Phil Taylor of Isuzu Australia.

  • What does the data show?

    By: Phil Taylor

    August 2017

    Each month the Truck Industry Council (TIC) publishes new truck sales information for use by government organisations, the Australian trucking media and TIC’s own members. This data is distributed under the banner of T-Mark, TIC’s brand name for the truck sales numbers. I have commented in the past that month-to-month changes in sales are not particularly volatile, largely because the road transport industry is an essential and stable sector of the Australian economy and the size of the country’s freight task does not change on a day-to-day basis. Of course, there are seasonal trends that require additional freight movements in specific sectors, such as the harvest seasons in the agricultural districts, or more generally the Christmas rush as we all gear up with presents and festive season foods for friends and family, but these trends don’t typically impact new truck sales. There are, however, some year-in, year-out trends that do affect new truck sales such as the increase we see leading up to the end of the financial year. This information is important for planning and stock control management.

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  • The health of our nation’s truck fleet

    By: Phil Taylor

    July 2017

    Those of you who are regular readers of my monthly column may remember that I used the line “lies, damn lies and statistics” to describe how some commentators were reporting on the new truck market last year.

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  • Disrupting trucks

    By: Phil Taylor

    June 2017

    They are known as ‘technology disruptors’ – people or organisations that redefine the course of technology and, in turn, the way that we communicate, conduct business and the way in which we live.

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  • Something in the air – urban air emissions

    By: Phil Taylor

    May 2017

    For the past couple of months I have been discussing the Federal Government’s review of on-road exhaust emission standards for cars and trucks and the Government’s intent to introduce Euro VI-and-equivalent standards here in Australia sometime beyond 2020. I noted that the Truck Industry Council (TIC) supports the move to cleaner emission standards for vehicles as this will benefit the health of all Australians, particularly those living in built up urban environments. I also detailed that we have a very old truck fleet with many of the trucks on our roads today having no – or only elementary – exhaust emission controls and that these older vehicles are emitting pollutants at levels that are detrimental to public health.

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  • Euro 6 for trucks, much more than a win for the environment

    By: Phil Taylor

    April 2017

    In my March column, I detailed how and why our Federal Government is investigating a move to the next level of engine exhaust emission standards – Euro 6 for light vehicles and Euro 6-and-equivalent standards from Japan and the US for heavy on-road vehicles in Australia. The health benefits of cleaner air for all Australians are obvious, particularly for those living in urban areas and close to major roads. I explained that Australia has fallen behind many other Western countries that moved to these cleaner vehicle emission standards up to 10 years ago now.

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  • ADR80/04 New Clean Diesel Trucks a win for public health, but what will be the operator uptake?

    By: Phil Taylor

    March 2017

    On 20 December 2016, in a joint Department of Environment and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Ministerial Forum statement, consultation papers were released detailing the Federal Government’s intention to review current light and heavy vehicle emission and fuel quality standards for Australia. These documents mark the first step in our country’s eventual adoption of Euro VI vehicle emission standards.

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  • Reducing CO2 emissions in the road transport sector

    By: Phil Taylor

    February 2017

    Another year has concluded and once again it is time for a little reflection. In the truck sales game there were winners and some losers, as happens every year.

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  • Planes, trains and automobiles, the NTC’s Transport Vision for 2040

    By: Phil Taylor

    January 2017

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently released its Foundation Paper that looks at Australian transport and transport regulation, with the key question being considered “How could or should we regulate transport in the future?”

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  • Lies, damned lies and statistics

    By: Phil Taylor

    October 2016

    Mark Twain popularised the now famous line, “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics” in the United States, while its origin is largely attributed it to the British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. Whatever its origin, its intent is very much alive and well in 2016. A great example is the current Australian new truck market.

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  • Yet another review of heavy vehicle charging

    By: Phil Taylor

    September 2016

    For the second time in just over three years the National Transport Commission (NTC) is undertaking a comprehensive review of heavy vehicle Pay As You Go (PAYGO) charging system in Australia at the request of the Transport and Infrastructure Council within the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

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