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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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  • 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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  • NSW leads the way with SPECTS

    By: Phil Taylor

    August 2016

    For some time now, the Truck Industry Council (TIC) has been highlighting the safety, environmental and productivity downsides to Australia’s aging truck fleet, those vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of more than 4.5t.

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  • Do as I say, not as I do…

    By: Phil Taylor

    July 2016

    In my column last month, I outlined the federal governments “whole of government” review of light and heavy vehicle exhaust emissions for new vehicles in Australia. I detailed that on the table this time around for heavy vehicles is Euro 6 and equivalent emission standards from Japan and the USA. I also explained that the review process would take some time and that any new regulations would likely take effect beyond 2020.

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  • Clearing the air – vehicle exhaust emissions

    By: Phil Taylor

    June 2016

    Over the past five months the Truck Industry Council (TIC) Secretariat as well as our Members have been taking part in the initial stages of a federal government review into exhaust emissions for light and heavy vehicles in Australia.

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  • Australia’s “two speed” truck market – part 2

    By: Phil Taylor

    May 2016

    In my column last month, I detailed how member companies of the Truck Industry Council (TIC), parts of industry and the trucking media all use TIC’s T-Mark data to monitor and comment on trends in the Australian new truck sales.

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  • Australia’s “two speed” truck market – Part 1

    By: Phil Taylor

    April 2016

    The Truck Industry Council (TIC) publishes new truck sales information each month for use by the Australian trucking media and government organisations, as well as TIC’s own members. This information is distributed under the banner of T-Mark, TIC’s brand name for the truck sales data. Typically month to month changes in sales are not particularly volatile, the road transport industry is, after all, an essential and fairly stable sector of the Australian economy.

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  • Not driverless, but “connected” trucks

    By: Phil Taylor

    March 2016

    In my December column last year I looked at the emergence of autonomous driving systems that are being developed by car and truck manufactures alike and how some in the media have reported these vehicles as “driverless”.

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  • Welcome to the ideas boom

    By: Phil Taylor

    February 2016

    When Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced his innovation vision for Australia on 7 December 2015 with rhetoric such as, “welcome to the ideas boom”, “we need to embrace new ideas in innovation and science, and harness new sources of growth to deliver the next age of economic prosperity in Australia”, “unlike a mining boom, it is a boom that can continue forever” and “I know that Australians believe in themselves, I know that we are a creative and imaginative nation”, I reflected on how Australian innovation has already transformed our road transport industry.

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  • The driverless truck –  science fiction or reality?

    By: Phil Taylor

    December 2015

    One could mistakenly think that the “driverless truck” has already been launched upon the world, with the first trial of a self-driving truck on public roads taking place a few months ago in the US state of Nevada. However, once the media hype is pared back, what exactly was demonstrated, and how close are we to a driverless trucking future?

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