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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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  • A fundamental policy failing by Government?

    By: Phil Taylor

    November 2015

    Year-to-date Australian heavy-duty truck sales are down seven per cent on 2014, which were down six per cent on 2013. If sales for the last months of 2015 continue at current rates, total new heavy-duty sales for the year could struggle to reach 9,000 units. Australian heavy-duty truck sales peaked in 2007 at 13,342 vehicles, however, post the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), sales fell to a low of just 8,368 in 2009 and have shown no signs of recovering to pre-GFC levels. If 2015 sales come in around 9,000 units, it will be a hefty 33 per cent down on the 2007 peak.

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  • The Emission Reduction Fund, what’s in it for road transport?

    By: Phil Taylor

    October 2015

    As you read this column, project registrations for the second reverse auction in the federal government’s Emission Reduction Fund (ERF) would have closed and the auction will be just over one month away in early November. For those not across the ERF I will briefly background the initiative.

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  • Moving a truck load of air - Part 2

    By: Phil Taylor

    September 2015

    In this column a couple of months back, I wrote about the relatively slow uptake of aerodynamic devices and systems on trucks and trailers in Australia. I also detailed how government regulations in Australia could in part be to blame for the protracted introduction of these technologies. This month I am going to take a closer look at Australia’s involvement in truck and trailer aerodynamic research, as well as some of the aero technologies that are being developed for use in heavy vehicle combinations around the globe.

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  • Transport energy security issues acknowledged by senate committee

    By: Phil Taylor

    August 2015

    In my April 2014 column, I detailed just how tenuous Australia’s energy security is, particularly for our industry of road transport. At that time, the NRMA had just released its second report on the subject, Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security Part 2, authored by now retired Air Vice-Marshal, John Blackburn.

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  • Moving a truck load of air

    By: Phil Taylor

    July 2015

    As I walked around the latest truck show in Brisbane, I was quietly impressed with the commitment shown by Truck Industry Council (TIC) Members in bringing advanced safety and environmental technologies to Australia well before they are being mandated by our government authorities.

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  • Moving a truck load of air

    By: Phil Taylor

    June 2015

    As I walked around the latest truck show in Brisbane, I was quietly impressed with the commitment shown by Truck Industry Council (TIC) Members in bringing advanced safety and environmental technologies to Australia well before they are being mandated by our government authorities. In the safety arena, we can see multiple truck brands now offering systems such as Electronic Stability Control, Lane Departure Warning, Autonomous Braking and Advanced Telematics Systems, to name but a few of the features available. When looking at advanced environmental technologies, Euro 6, Diesel/Electric Hybrids and Compressed Natural Gas trucks are on offer to customers in Australia.

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  • It’s not easy being green, particularly if you are a truck

    By: Phil Taylor

    May 2015

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently released the fourth (2014) edition of its report detailing the green credentials of new light vehicle sales in Australia.

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  • Automotive manufacturing means trucks, too

    By: Phil Taylor

    April 2015

    The Truck Industry Council (TIC) has noted with interest, again, that there is yet another inquiry into the Australian Automotive Sector. The Senate Standing Committee on Economics is reviewing ‘the role of all sectors of the automotive industry’ as it ponders the future of the sector given the announcements by Ford, Holden and Toyota to shut their manufacturing facilities by 2017.

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  • The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, one year down the Road

    By: Phil Taylor

    March 2015

    n this column twelve months ago I detailed my thoughts and hopes for what the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) could achieve over time. Starting on the 10th February 2014 this new national body effectively assumed control of heavy vehicle regulation across Australia’s States and Territories (Western Australia and the Northern Territory excepted).

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  • Performance Based Standards a win, win, win

    By: Phil Taylor

    February 2015

    I’ve recently found myself on the Austroads website, where I came across a new report on High Productivity Vehicles (HPV) authored by Dr Kim Hassall, a well-known and respected transport industry academic. Jose Arredondo from the National Transport Commission (NTC) managed the report’s development. The report reviewed a large number of HPVs operating in Australia and calculated the direct benefits such as safety, productivity, fuel and environmental savings that have been derived from their use. Attempts were also made to estimate indirect benefits such as lowering community freight exposure and slightly lowering road maintenance costs. More on the report’s findings a little later in this column.

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