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Truck Industry Council National Truck Plan

The primary aim of the Truck Industry Council’s (TIC) National Truck Plan is to advocate to Government the virtues of modernising the Australian truck fleet.

Australia, by world standards, has an old fleet with an average age of almost 15 years.

The Truck Industry Council’s National Truck Plan acknowledges the Federal Government’s key strategic objectives and identifies policy options the Government can pursue to deliver on these objectives. Options are presented in this plan: to reduce heavy vehicle fatalities and serious injuries; to improve the health of Australians, particularly in urban areas, through a reduction in noxious emissions; and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation’s road distribution channels thus enabling the Federal Government’s record road infrastructure spend to be realised, in turn improving energy productivity and reducing heavy vehicle road transport greenhouse emissions. To enable these benefits to become a reality today and for future generations, barriers that reduce the country’s ability to modernise the nation’s truck fleet must be overcome.

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PRESENTATIONS

Mark Hammond, CTO of TIC presented 2020 Freight Leader's Roundtable 10 March 2020 – Melbourne

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Tony McMullan, CEO, Truck Industry Council delivered a speech to the 2018 Melbourne Megatrans Ministerial Breakfast

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Mark Hammond, CTO of TIC presented to the Innovation X-Change Conference, on 10th April 2018 at the UTS in Sydney

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Mark Hammond, CTO of TIC presented to the SVSEG an Industry presentation on Vehicle Dimensions and Mass, on 21st November 2017

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Mark Hammond, CTO of TIC presented to the NSW-RMS Green Truck Partnership, on 17th August 2016 in Sydney

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TIC National Truck Fleet Report 2015 (March)

The aim of this report is to provide Government, the broader road transport industry and the public with a better understanding of the nature and scope of the Australian truck market, in particular, Australia's truck fleet age and noting the trends in new truck sales, as well as the issues that are currently faced by the sector. A number of key points emerge from this report that have an impact on the future of economic, transport, safety, environmental, and social policy developed by Governments at both the Federal and State levelsThe aim of this report is to provide Government, the broader road transport industry and the public with a better understanding of the nature and scope of the Australian truck market, in particular, Australia's truck fleet age and noting the trends in new truck sales, as well as the issues that are currently faced by the sector. A number of key points emerge from this report that have an impact on the future of economic, transport, safety, environmental, and social policy developed by Governments at both the Federal and State levels

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BROCHURE SUMMARISING SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES FOR
HEAVY VEHICLES AND COMBINATIONS

(Produced by Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety, May 2020)

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CODES OF PRACTICE

TIC approved in November 2020 a Technical Guide to support the testing of hot components to AS2809 Dangerous Goods Standards which was endorsed by the Competent Authorities Panel (CAP) in December 2020.

This technical guide details a suggested procedure to test and assess hot components of a vehicle for compliance to AS2809:2020 Dangerous Goods standard that could be undertaken by a suitably qualified person. As a result, not all vehicle components need to be shielded against cargo spillage, if their surface temperatures operate at less than 180°C or 20°C below the autoignition temperature of the cargo carried by the vehicle.

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TIC developed voluntary Code of Practice for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) of Heavy Vehicles (April 2020)

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This Technical Guide recommends the fitment of Audible Reverse Warning Devices to all Heavy Vehicles. It provides guidance to manufacturers of heavy vehicles on recommended practice when fitting reversing alarms. It also provides guidance to owners wishing to update in service vehicles by the retrofitting of alarms.

The Guide reflects Coronial recommendations following an inquest into an accidental death of a vulnerable road user. The fitment of audible and or visual reverse warning devices is a common practice on heavy trucks; it is however not a mandated requirement by Federal (Australian Design Rule) or State Vehicle Standards for heavy trailers.

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TIC has produced a Voluntary Code of Practice to recognize equipment installed by the Manufacturer that does require VSB6 approval
(Manufacturers' Plate November 2018)

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TIC has jointly developed a Guide to Braking and Stability Performance for Heavy Vehicle Combinations (May 2017)

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TIC has produced a Code of Practice for the Conduct of an Automotive Recall (September 2012). The document mirrors a similar code produced by the FCAI for recalls on light vehicles

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TIC developed a Code of Practice to Ensure An Adequate Field of View for heavy vehicles in 2010. This was updated in April 2012 and again in May 2015.
The current version, July 2019, has been expand to include a more defined field of view with diagrams, details on window tinting and additional mirrors plus exceptions to the driver’s field of view.

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