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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.

  • Reducing the national truck fleet age

    By: Phil Taylor

    April 2018

    Truck sales in Australia hit a peak in 2007, when 38,131 new heavy vehicles were delivered. If the pace of sales over the first quarter of 2018 continues for the remainder of the year, we will rewrite the record books with a new all-time sales record. 2017 saw overall truck sales fall short of the 2007 mark by 1,306 vehicles, however first-quarter sales this year are up over 2017 by more than 1,000 trucks, putting the market on track for a record year if sales continue at this rate.

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  • Road safety requires a modern Australian truck fleet

    By: Phil Taylor

    March 2018

    Over recent months, there has been much commentary about road safety, particularly around heavy vehicles. It follows shock revelations that truck deaths in New South Wales rose by 86 per cent during 2017. Tragically, road deaths involving trucks leapt from 29 to 54 last year.

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  • Out of step with the world

    By: Phil Taylor

    February 2018

    The pace of technological development in the trucking industry, both here in Australia and globally, is greater now than we have probably ever seen, producing substantial safety, environment and productivity improvements. The rate of innovation is expected to accelerate over the next decade as we move towards connected and autonomous vehicles and zero-emission trucks.

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  • US winds back greenhouse gas regulations

    By: Phil Taylor

    December 2017

    Greenhouse gas reduction mandates in the heavy vehicle road-freight sector around the globe had always focused on the truck itself, because after all, it is the truck that expends energy moving the combination. That was until the US Environmental Protection Agency was challenged by the Obama Administration to review greenhouse gas regulation in this sector.

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  • The devil is always in the detail

    By: Phil Taylor

    November 2017

    On Wednesday 16 August 2017, the Honourable Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure, provided further information on the reforms to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. This announcement follows Minister Fletcher’s original media statement on February 2016, revealing a package of reforms that will modernise and strengthen the MVSA, clarify vehicle recall arrangements, accelerate harmonisation of the Australian Design Rules with international standards, and consolidate the regulatory pathways through which non-standard vehicles are imported.

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  • Getting down to the nuts and bolts

    By: Phil Taylor

    October 2017

    In my July column this year I wrote about the first-ever national survey that looked at the health of our nation’s heavy vehicle fleet. The national survey was conducted by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and in the end it was not quite national, with Western Australia deciding not to take part.

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  • Who is steering this truck?

    By: Phil Taylor

    September 2017

    The discussion and hype surrounding autonomous vehicles and technologies continue to build both overseas and here in Australia, but what are the practical benefits and realities of such technologies?

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  • 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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