With experienced professionals from a broad cross-section of fleets, equipment suppliers, educators and service providers, no other industry trade association matches the real-world experience and technical expertise of TMC’s membership. By providing leadership support and opportunities to collaborate, TMC helps members develop the industry’s best practices that address the critical technology and maintenance issues that have the greatest impact on truck fleets. For more than 60 years, TMC’s member-driven Recommended Maintenance and Engineering Practices have been setting the standards that help trucking companies specify and maintain their fleets more effectively.
TMC develops industry-recognized recommended practices that are used by fleet managers to efficiently specify and maintain vehicles. TMC’s industry best practices also provide guidance to manufacturers in the design of their equipment.
Study Groups are ongoing committees that identify industry challenges with respect to equipment and maintenance. If a Study Group decides that a particular problem merits attention, it votes to create a Task Force to solve it. TMC has 15 active Study Groups overseeing nearly 100 Task Forces.
Task Forces are short-term subcommittees of Study Groups that solve problems, usually through the development of a TMC recommended Practices. Sometimes, however, a Task Force may decide the best solution is a technical session, mini-technical session, or an information report. The typical life-span of a Task Force is about two years.
The type of membership you qualify for has to do with the company you belong to and the job you do there. Fleets are companies that own and maintain a fleet of trucks. Associates are suppliers of the industry who build or manufacture equipment. Service Providers are companies that do the service work on the fleets. There are also individual categories of membership. Educators, Owner-Operators, Technicians and Students.
All membership in TMC is individual-based only. Companies cannot join TMC. There can only be one primary member but any and all members after that will be additional members. The first person from an organization is the Primary (Corporate or Executive) level member. There are no limit to the number of additional members a company may have. The difference in the memberships is the voting rights associated with each membership in regards to TMC’s Recommended Practices and Council elections. There are other categories of membership that do not require a Primary such as Educators, owner-operators, technicians and student members.
Meetings and Events
As a full meeting attendee, you have access to all events throughout the week that do not indicate they are closed. Closed meeting indicates they are for a select group of individuals or are invite only. All food functions, exhibit viewing periods, Technical sessions, mini-tech sessions and management sessions are available to full meeting attendees.
TMC holds several technical sessions during its general meetings. These sessions are a full 90-minutes in length, and are selected and prepared by TMC’s Meeting Planning Committee based on topics that TMC fleet members believe merit special attention by the Council.
TMC Registrants are given different color badges during a TMC General Meeting, depending on their level of membership or participation in the Council. Generally, there are seven types of badges:
- Yellow Badges — Full (Fleet and Editorial Press) Members/Attendees
- Blue Badges — Associate Members
- Orange Badges — Exhibit booth personnel (Annual Meeting Only)
- White Badges — Meeting Speakers, Guests, and TMC Staff
- Black Stripe — Service Provider and Educational Members
- Silver Metal Badges — Silver Spark Plug Recipients
- Bronze Metal Badges — Recognized Associates