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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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  • If it isn’t broken…

    By: Phil Taylor

    December 2014

    Back in May this year, I detailed that the Productivity Commission (PC) report into the Australian automotive industry suggested that restrictions on used imported vehicles should be relaxed in the wake of Ford, Holden and Toyota announcing that they will cease local manufacturing by 2017. The automotive PC report almost overlooked the current truck manufacturing operations that exist in Australia, manufacturing that occurs without any financial hand-outs from the government to subsidise its operations. To allow large scale importation of used, or parallel new, vehicles into Australia would require substantial changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA), which just happens to be up for its first review in fifteen years at the moment.

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  • The changing age of Australian trucking

    By: Phil Taylor

    November 2014

    Unlike most other major world economies that were hit extremely hard by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008/2009, the Australian economy faired reasonably well at the time. No doubt helped by the Federal Government’s financial incentives and the robust Australian economy. Today these major economies are flourishing, having put the pain of the GFC and the subsequent difficult fiscal decisions behind them. The Australian economy however seems to have stagnated. No more so than in the trucking industry.

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  • Clearing the Air

    By: Phil Taylor

    October 2014

    A recently released report highlighted some interesting numbers and issues. The document, an Impact Statement released by the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC), details Australia’s air quality and the challenges that we as a nation face to ensure that the air that we and future generations breath is of a standard that will minimise health issues caused by air born particulate matter.

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  • The Heavy Vehicle Charging Reform, where to from here?

    By: Phil Taylor

    July 2014

    In this column, just over 12 months ago, I detailed the Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment (HVCI) reform project, tasked by Federal and State transport ministers and undertaken by the National Transport Commission (NTC). The reform project was to devise a system that will charge heavy vehicles fairly and equitably.

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  • Fatal truck crashes fall by over 25 per cent in 2013

    By: Phil Taylor

    June 2014

    As the President of the Truck Industry Council, it is pleasing to review the latest Heavy Vehicle accident statistics published recently by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, BITRE, that show fatal truck accidents decreased by more than twenty five per cent last year.

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  • Opening the flood gates on used imported vehicles?

    By: Phil Taylor

    May 2014

    The Productivity Commission has recently submitted their report into the automotive industry in Australia to the Federal Government, including recommendations for the transition from a local car manufacturing industry in 2014 to a fully imported landscape beyond 2017. I specifically mentioned car manufacturing, as opposed to automotive manufacturing, because while the existing three car manufactures will exit from Australia, the current truck manufactures, barring anything out of left field, plan to stay. And unlike their car counterparts, these local truck manufactures do not receive any financial handouts from the government to subsidise their Australian manufacturing operations.

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  • Regulations & licence rules vs innovation

    By: Phil Taylor

    April 2012

    The current debate regarding B-double A trailer registration charges had TIC members thinking about other regulations and charges that have a negative influence on heavy vehicle productivity and innovation.

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  • Focus on Safety

    By: Phil Taylor

    October 2011

    In keeping with TIC’s mantra of “Today’s Trucks: Safer, Greener, Essential”, the focus of our message has been to promote the safety and environmental advantages of new trucks available today.

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  • A great demonstration of safer, greener trucks

    By: Phil Taylor

    June 2011

    All Truck Industry Council member companies had a strong presence and were putting their best foot forward at the recent Brisbane Truck Show, held from 5th to 8th May.

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  • ADR 80/03 Emissions Standards:  What they mean for the Transport Industry and Nation

    By: Phil Taylor

    February 2011

    A Happy New Year to all readers. We have now reached 2011, the year from which all heavy vehicles built for sale in Australia must comply with new, very strict exhaust emissions standards known as Australian Design Rule (ADR) 80/03. So, what is ADR 80/03, and what will it mean to buyers of new trucks and the nation as a whole?

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