November 9, 2016 9:31 AM, EST

TMC Donates Updated Inspection Guidelines to Technical Institutes

The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations donated copies of its updated guidelines for preventive maintenance inspections of Classes 7 and 8 tractors to more than 50 technical institutes in 28 states, it said.

The guidelines assign more than 120 checkpoints on the vehicles while referencing its latest recommended practices, and are designed to train technicians to conduct timely, thorough and efficient preventive maintenance inspections, TMC said.

“With the need for skilled technicians growing exponentially, it is important for our industry to cultivate the next generation of truck and diesel engine specialists,” Carl Kirk, TMC executive director, said in a statement. “That’s why we’re pleased to donate these updated resources to these deserving schools.”

Also, the updated guidelines provide guidance on and the procedures for complying with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety Accountability Vehicle Maintenance Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category, TMC said.

The guidelines were researched and tested by TMC-member companies, it said. Truck Centers of Arkansas sponsored the donation.

Truck Centers of Arkansas is a Freightliner and Western Star dealership with three locations within the state — Little Rock, Springdale and Van Buren, it said.