TIC backs incentives for new truck investment

Truck Industry Council joins calls for truck fleet renewal

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Want fewer truck crashes? The answer is to help truck operators update to newer, safer vehicles.

That’s the opinion of the boss of Toll Group (as reported here), and now the Truck Industry Council (TIC) too.

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Joining the calls for the government to do more to encourage operators to update, including potentially even financial incentives, the TIC represents 17 truck brands operating in Australia.

“Increasing the take-up rate of today’s more advanced trucks means everyone benefits from our roads being populated with safer fleets.” – Phil Taylor, President of the TIC.

The TIC has highlighted data showing 42% of the nation’s truck fleet was manufactured before 2003, they say this means these trucks are missing many of the safety technologies that come as standard on trucks sold today.

Mr Taylor, who is also the Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Trucks, says the upcoming federal budget needs to include incentives for truck operators to update their vehicles.

“Australia can have safer trucks on the road, or we can continue with an older fleet.”

“TIC believes the implementation of an incentivised system, which rewards safe and modern fleets, is the most proactive and cost-effective mechanism for lowering Australia’s road toll,”

“We must act now.”

Related: Truck tech makes splash at CES 2018

We will keep you updated as further details come to hand.

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