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Future Truck Committee Information Report 2013-3: Regulatory and Technological Challenges and Future Trucks: A Call to Action

ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) strives to be the industry thought leader on issues of truck technology and maintenance. As the only industry association that is focused solely on truck technology and maintenance, TMC and its member companies work together with manufacturers and other industry stakeholders to create the industry’s standards for future truck technology and equipment that help ensure that the truck of the future is one that is themost efficient to operate and maintain. The Council’s Future Truck Committee is responsiblefor this initiative within TMC.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2012-1: Future Tire and Wheel Systems For Light- and Medium-Duty Vehicles

Users of light- and medium-duty vehicles (LMVs) have similar expectations for future equip- ment as do users of heavy-duty vehicles when it comes to matters of performance, maintain- ability, durability, reliability and serviceability. Those expectations are outlined in other TMC Future Truck Position papers concerning tires, wheels and retread/repair issues. However, LMV users do have some very unique operational circumstances that suppliers and manu-facturers should consider. This paper will outline these unique needs as identified by TMC’sFuture LMV Task Force.

S.5 Fleet Maintenance Management Study Group Information Report 2012-1: Addressing the Risk Posed by Counterfeit Parts in Fleet Maintenance Operations

As with many sectors of the U.S. economy, counterfeit parts have found their way into thetrucking industry. While the exact cost to the trucking industry is difficult to determine, it is estimated that counterfeiting represents a $12 billion per year problem for the entire automotive industry. Beyond just the monetary costs are the added safety concerns of these counterfeitproducts. For example, a single counterfeit brake valve can significantly decrease the overallperformance of a truck’s brake system.

Brake Aftermarket Lining Material Report

The Performance Review Institute (PRI) has released an updated list of products reviewed by its Brake Lining Review Committee.The committee verifies the brakelinings have met test criteria established in TMC RP 628B and agrees with the specification data submitted by the manufacturer.

Issued: July 2011


Service Provider Committee Information Report: 2011-1: Understanding Heavy-Duty Vehicle Standard Repair Time (SRT) Guides

This TMC Information Report provides equipment managers insight into how “Standard Repair Time” (SRT) guides are developed and used in support of equipment maintenance and repair. Equipment managers should recognize that SRT guides used by service providers vary for avariety reasons, such as corporate policy and affiliation, and access to specific SRT guides.

Issued: June 2011


Professional Technician Development Committee Information Report: 2010-1: The Matriculation Process: A Proven Pathway for New Technician Success in the Workplace

Most fleets use a thoughtful approach in the hiring of technicians. However, many of these same companies take a minimalist approach to matriculation. This can lead to poor performance, unacceptable conduct issues and poor employee retention. The purpose of this document is to help fleet managers ensure that all newly hired graduates of technical trade schools make a successful transition to the next level of their career objectives.


The purpose of this Recommended Practice (RP) is to provide information for judging the performance of aftermarket brake linings on air-actuated foundation brakes, including testing in accordance with the dynamometer test procedure in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 121 and lining supplierqualification information. Such information will assist fleet operators in choosing aftermarket brake liningsthat will perform adequately on typical combination (tractor/trailer) vehicles and single trucks.

Issued: June 2009

S.4 Cab & Controls Information Report 2009-1: Assessing Distraction Risks of Driver Interfaces

Technological advancements in truck technology have increased driver distraction. This information report offers a process by which fleets may assess the potential for driver distractionassociated with the acquisition of new technologies.

Issued: May 2009


Future Truck Program Position Paper 2008-1: Future Wheel and Wheel Systems User-Driven Needs and Expectations

TMC’s Future Tire and Wheel Task Force has defined future performance requirements of tires and wheels according to fleet and end user needs and concerns. This includes all aspects of new tires, retread tires, tire repairs, new wheels, refurbished wheels, attaching hardware, and all associated maintenance issues. This TMC position paper defines future features and expectations for wheels and wheel systems in terms of product performance, maintainability, reliability, durability, and serviceability, environmental and educational issues.

Issued: July 2008

Professional Technician Development Committee Information Report 2007-3: Training and Certification Requirements for Servicing Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning Systems – Section 609 of the Clean Air Act of 1990

Section 609 of the Clean Air Act of 1990 (as amended) requires that motor vehicle air conditioning refrigerant be recycled, that only recover/recycle or recover-only equipment approved for a specific refrigerant be used in the repairing or servicing of motor vehicle air conditioners, and that technicians who repair or service motor vehicle air conditioners be trained and certified by an EPA-approved organization. In addition, service shops must be able to certify that they comply with these provisions of the Act.