2021 Spring TMC

Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ELD Data Shows Effectiveness, Expert Says

Omnitracs An Omnitracs ELD. (Omnitracs)

New research and inspection data shows that electronic logging devices are largely on target to reach their goals of improving road safety and simplifying tracking hours of service, according to a technology expert.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 26, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Cautious About ADAS Adoption, TMC Panelists Say

Volvo ADAS Volvo Active Driver Assist by Volvo Trucks

Advanced driver assistance systems have the potential to improve safety, but the road to adoption in trucking likely remains long, according to experts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 23, 2021
Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Highlights Importance of Electronic Inspection Reports

Screenshot from eDVIR session - 2021 TMC Spring Meeting (Transport Topics)

Electronic driver vehicle inspection reports help digitize the inspection process to be more efficient and paperless.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 23, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

TMC Employs Gamification to Promote Opportunities for Youth

A screenshot from TMCSuperTech: The Game app A screenshot from TMCSuperTech: The Game app. (Technology & Maintenance Council)

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is forging new ground with the release of a new augmented reality game app aimed at attracting, fostering and welcoming a new generation of skilled technicians to the trucking industry.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
April 23, 2021
Business, Technology

TMC Panelists Offer Guidance on Mentorship, Professional Development

Screenshot of Mentorship session - 2021 TMC Spring Meeting (Transport Topics)

Mentorship programs that offer information to both people involved can be a valuable tool for transportation companies, according to panelists during a session of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s service provider study group.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 22, 2021
Technology, Equipment, Safety

VMRS Codes Venture Into Hydraulic Equipment

Altec boom truck An Altec boom truck. The company produces hydraulic equipment for electric utility, telecommunications, tree care and signs. (Altec Industries)

Hydraulic utility equipment was added to Technology & Maintenance Council’s maintenance coding system updates, the division of American Trucking Associations announced April 20.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 21, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

TMC Study Group Offers Guidance to Help Fleets Maintain Clean Vehicles

Trucker cleans cab GoodLifeStudio/Getty Images

A Technology & Maintenance Council study group presented best practices to fleets and transportation companies for ramping up cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 20, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

EPA Provides Updates on Emissions Standards, SmartWay Activities

EPA jimfeng/Getty Images

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking later this year aimed at establishing new emissions standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and other pollutants for highway heavy-duty engines, an EPA official told the S.11 study group of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations during TMC’s virtual spring meeting.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 19, 2021
Business, Equipment

Task Forces Set Sights on Controlling Corrosion

Examples of corrosion shown during task force session at the 2021 TMC Spring Meeting Examples of corrosion shown during task force session at the 2021 TMC Spring Meeting. (TMC)

An American Trucking Associations Technology & Maintenance Council task force called for action April 16 to develop best practices to address cab corrosion.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Looking to Hire a ‘Fresh-Faced Veteran’ Maintenance Tech? Good Luck

military driver A soldier inspects his truck. (U.S. Army)

Recruiting military veterans for maintenance positions in trucking fleets’ repair shops is an industry goal, but the prospect of finding and transitioning young vets to become civilian service technicians can be challenging.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 15, 2021