Meritor's aftermarket group begins educational campaign for truck operators

Meritor has launched an educational campaign to help truck operators understand how the company’s aftermarket brake products and automatic tire inflation parts enhance safety and improve their ability to comply with federal regulations.

Meritor’s aftermarket team is sharing this message with truck operators in a free informational kit and industry advertising. The goal, said Terry Livingston, general manager, global product management and shared services, aftermarket and trailer, Meritor, is to assure trucking companies of all sizes that they’re using the right parts to ensure proper vehicle stopping power and minimize or eliminate specific Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) violations.

Meritor is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. 

“We want to help truck operators safeguard their drivers, vehicles, productivity and business by making sure their brakes and tires are up to regulatory standards,” he said.


RSD regulations

Today’s commercial vehicle brakes are engineered to deliver enhanced stopping power and shorter stopping distances to meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new FMVSS 121 reduced stopping distance (RSD) regulations.

Livingston said the RSD regulations generally affect tractors sold as new after 2011 and 2013 and not necessarily all vehicles currently on the road.

He emphasized that the safety advantage of the increased stopping power can be ensured only by replacing worn OEM RSD friction with only with OEM RSD friction.

That’s where Meritor can help, he said, because the company has “unsurpassed brake experience and expertise.” Meritor’s portfolio of friction materials has been reengineered to offer improved lining life, resulting in longer intervals between maintenance and greater in-service productivity.”

Meritor’s RSD-compliant friction is available on new and remanufactured brake shoes.


Tire inflation

The Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) by P.S.I. also contributes to vehicle safety, explained Livingston. MTIS by P.S.I. harnesses a trailer’s existing air supply to keep tires fully inflated to specification even when the vehicle is moving.

The system extends tire life by 10 percent, increases fuel economy by 1.4 percent and lowers maintenance costs, he said.

“Properly inflated tires are essential to safe operation and help lower out-of-pocket costs by reducing roadside service calls and inspection citations.”


Continuing education

The new educational campaign builds upon Meritor’s C.Y.A. (Cover Your Assets) program. It is designed to “safeguard your backside, your vehicles, your productivity and your business” by making sure truck brakes and tires are up to regulatory standards, said a company official.

For a free information kit, truck operators may contact Meritor at 888-725-9355 in the United States and 800-387-3889 in Canada.