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Tony McMullan
TIC

Being the peak industry body for Truck Manufacturers and Importers in Australia the Truck Industry Council (TIC) is responsible for providing policy, technical and regulatory advice to State and Federal governments and their agencies pertaining to the National Truck Fleet. In January 2008 Tony McMullan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the TIC. Mr McMullan has thirty years’ experience in the surface transport sector (Road, Rail, Maritime and Logistics).

  • Stop, revive, survive

    By: Tony McMullan

    July 2019

    In 2018 it was pleasing to see that heavy vehicle fatal crashes fell compared to the previous year. This result was achieved by a combination of factors including, improved road infrastructure, education campaigns, a greater number of new trucks with more advanced safety features and enforcement activities.

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  • One size does not fit all

    By: Tony McMullan

    June 2019

    I very much doubt that back in the 1890s, Rudolf Diesel would have ever imagined the success and longevity of the compression ignition, internal combustion engine he invented and that bears his name. Primarily due to its efficiency, the diesel engine has proven to be the lifeblood of the commercial road transport industry for the best part of 100 years now, replacing petrol engines in trucks from the 1920s on. In a truck, the diesel engine truly has been the “one size fits all” solution.

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  • Australian Governments need to take a WIDER view of the world

    By: Tony McMullan

    May 2019

    When it comes to maximum vehicle width Australia is in a very exclusive, but not envied, position, being just one of six countries on the planet where maximum vehicle width is restricted to 2.5m.

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  • Great Australian road infrastructure myths

    By: Tony McMullan

    April 2019

    Historically we have been told by Australian governments, particularly the Eastern State ones, that constraints imposed by Australia’s road infrastructure prevent them allowing wider and higher axle mass limit vehicles on our roads.

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  • Heavy Vehicle records tumble in 2018, but it’s not all good news…

    By: Tony McMullan

    March 2019

    At December year-end 2007, a new all-time heavy vehicle sales record was set in Australia.

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  • The Hype around vehicle autonomy slows as reality prevails

    By: Tony McMullan

    February 2019

    Over the past couple of years, it seems that hardly a week has gone by without an article somewhere in the media about the demise of the human driven car and truck, both in Australia and globally.

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  • Clearing the air

    By: Tony McMullan

    December 2018

    Australia first adopted European and the equivalent Japanese and USA exhaust emission standards for heavy vehicles back in 1995 when ADR70 introduced Euro I regulations.

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  • A missed opportunity

    By: Tony McMullan

    November 2018

    Australian governments, both federal and state, are currently spending record amounts of money on infrastructure projects, building new and expanding existing transport networks, particularly in the East Coast states of our nation.

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  • Changing of the guard

    By: Phil Taylor

    September 2018

    I have been in this industry for more years than I care to remember and I hope to be here for a bit longer yet!

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  • More than a load of hot air

    By: Phil Taylor

    July 2018

    It has now been well over two years since the federal government announced its “whole of government” review of light and heavy vehicle exhaust emission standards for new vehicles in Australia. I detailed back in mid-2016 that on the table this time around for heavy vehicles was a move to Euro VI and equivalent emission standards from Japan and the USA. I also detailed that the review process would take some time and that any new regulations would likely take effect beyond 2020. Well it turns out that my prediction may have been a little optimistic. So, what has happened in the past two years? Well seemingly not much!

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  • Twenty Years Behind the Rest of the World

    By: Phil Taylor

    July 2018

    In my May column this year I made the comment that the Truck Industry Council’s (TIC) research showed that Australia was lagging two decades behind many countries in the western world with the take up of new safety and emission technologies. That cannot possibly be right I hear you say, well here are the numbers; Australia’s truck eet average age is 14 years now, for trucks above 3.5t gross vehicle mass (GVM), in Western Europe the average is approximately seven years for those trucks above 3.5t GVM. You then need to double these gures to account for the oldest trucks in the fleet, so Australia’s older trucks are 28 years of age, while in Europe the age is 14 years.

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  • Enabling road infrastructure spending

    By: Phil Taylor

    June 2018

    The May 2019 federal budget again showed the Australian Government’s continued commitment to infrastructure investment. This investment in freight infrastructure continues a trend that goes back to the days of the Federal Government’s Auslink policy in the early 2000s with its objective of better planning, developing and managing Australia’s national land transport infrastructure.

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  • How old is too old?

    By: Phil Taylor

    May 2018

    In my April 2018 column, I detailed that it has been a long road to recovery for new truck sales in Australia. I went on to explain that slow sales, coupled with an ever-increasing freight task, had resulted in an ageing of our truck fleet, and that this lack of fleet renewal severely hampers the uptake of new safety, environmental and productivity technologies in trucks. I illustrated this fact by looking at the example of Front Underrun Protection Systems (FUPS) – mandated by the Australian Government from 1 January 2012 – taking on the Truck Industry Council’s (TIC) estimates, 21 years from now to achieve 95 percent in-service fitment. That is beyond 2039 before the 11 lives saved per year predicted in the Government’s FUPS Regulation Impact Statement could be realised.

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  • 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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