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Contact: Sean McNally
March 6, 2022
TMC, FleetNet Benchmarking Report Finds Fleets Increased Uptime in Fourth Quarter
Truckload Vertical Benchmark Study Released at TMC Annual Meeting
Orlando, Florida — The latest Truckload Vertical Benchmark Study from the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and FleetNet America found that during the fourth quarter of 2021, fleets had longer stretches of uptime between unscheduled road repairs.
“Looking at the fourth quarter results, fleets are paying close attention to preventative maintenance while running fewer miles compared to the previous quarter, which shows an initial improvement in miles between breakdowns,” said Tim Moore, vice president of TMcare at FleetNet America.
During the last three months of the year, fleets averaged 42,459 miles of operation between unscheduled road repairs — up 18.4% from 34,652 in the third quarter of 2021.
“The data indicates that the maintenance practices of the best-in-class fleets resulted in lower costs for those fleets,” said Greg Sullivan, maintenance supervisor at Marvin Keller Trucking. “I review the benchmarking reports, paying particular attention to the miles between breakdowns as well as tires and brakes and watching trends to help get ahead of repairs.”
Marvin Keller Trucking was best-in-class in three VMRS categories including brakes.
The TMC/FleetNet Vertical Benchmarking Program is changing to provide even more information to help fleets continue to reduce their unscheduled roadside repairs. Beginning with first quarter of 2022, there will be less of an emphasis on miles between breakdowns and more on insights and trends coming from the data along with recommendations from experts in the industry.
“TMC exists to help our members run better, more profitable maintenance operations. Peer-to-peer benchmarking is an exciting step toward helping fleets do just that,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “The next step is to share the best practices fleets employ to become best-in-class in a particular system. This is a great aspect of TMC membership which supports maintenance leaders working together to make our industry even more efficient.”
The TMC/FleetNet Vertical Benchmarking Program is a new benefit for TMC members. In addition to the executive summary, which is available to TMC members, fleets that participate by sharing their data are provided an analytic tool that allows them to drill into their data, comparing it to the industry average.
The program is a strategic collaboration between TMC/ATA and FleetNet America and is open to TMC fleet executive level members and FleetNet America customers. Interested parties may also purchase copies of the report from TMC. Visit ATA Business Solutions for more information. The analytics provided via the program will be cumulative and non-fleet specific. For information about the TMC/FleetNet Vertical Benchmarking Program, visit http://benchmarkit.fleetnetamerica.com.
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