Twists and turns in managing commercial vehicle safety

You also have to navigate CSA

HDMA co-owns an event, Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) that is a gathering of the independent distributor and shop owners and management, along with the same people from their suppliers. You can find a link to HDAW on the HDMA website at

One of the key issues we will address with an extensive education program at next year’s HDAW is government-related issues affecting our industry. One segment in particular covers CSA and how the service and parts providers can assist their customers in CSA compliance.

We have the former administrator of FMCSA, Annette Sandberg, as a presenter on that topic, and Gov. Bill Graves, CEO of the American Trucking Associations as a featured speaker.

We also plan to have an information booth in the product expo that will be staffed with experts from FMCSA to discuss the ways that HDAW attendees can assist their customers in CSA compliance.

Through the process of working with various resources on the HDAW program, we have had the opportunity to interact with many individuals on this important issue. The net result is to hopefully present a future webinar that better explains the entire topic to those on the actual “firing line” - the direct stakeholders involved in compliance with CSA: shop personnel, parts professionals, trainers, truck operators, etc.

Look for more information on this topic in future editions of this and other publications.

Hopefully, many Canadian readers made it past my “humour” in my opening. The CTEA (Canadian Transportation Equipment Association) has resources available to you on its website for compliance for Canadian fleets.

Tim Kraus is the president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA). Prior to joining HDMA, he served in various executive positions with heavy duty industry parts manufacturers. The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association exclusively serves as the industry voice of the commercial vehicle product manufacturers. It is a market segment affiliate of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).

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