The Utility of TMC Recommended Practices

The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations has undergone several significant transformations since its inception in 1956, but its fundamental mission has remained the same: the improvement of equipment, its...

“I was initially very disappointed with the OEMs, but after thinking this through, I realized I should also be disappointed in us, the users, too. For if we users had been including these RPs in our vehicle specifications, then the OEMs would be clearly familiar with TMC Recommended Practices. From this experience, I learned that we, as TMC members, need to increase the awareness and utilization of our RPs,” Thrift said.

Thrift has asked each Study Group chairman to review the RMPs they are responsible for and list those RMPs that could be used to design and engineer components/vehicles that require less maintenance. When their work is completed, a list of all the applicable RMPs will be made available to the fleets and associates (OEMs and component suppliers).

Thrift strongly encourages all fleets to add this list of applicable RMPs to the REPs they are hopefully already using to augment their new vehicle specifications.

He also strongly encourages manufacturers and suppliers to take TMC REPs and this list of applicable RMPs back to their respective companies and increase their peers’ awareness of these RPs and how they can help them turn out a better product.

“Take the initiative and do not wait for the fleets to ask for compliance to these RPs in their specifications,” said Thrift. “Find out if your component or vehicle meets, or exceeds, an RP. Then show the greater value of your product by bragging about this in your marketing/sales literature.”

As his term as TMC General Chairman closes, Thrift is challenging all TMC members to help increase the awareness and utilization of the association’s RPs. “I am convinced our respective companies will be better for it and the trucking industry will be, too.”

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