Technology & Maintenance Council


The purpose of the Technology & Maintenance Council is to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management. The Council develops Recommended Engineering and Maintenance Practices that are voluntarily adopted by fleets, OEMs and components suppliers.

The Council also conducts industry surveys and promotes the voluntary cooperation among designers and manufacturers of transport equipment and those who specify, purchase and manage such equipment.

Who We Support

The Technology and Maintenance Council supports the ATA technology & Engineering Policy Committee with research, analysis and policy development.




Trucking Award Winners Announced by American Trucking Associations

On November 7, American Trucking Associations announced the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Security Award and the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Claims and Loss Prevention Award. The awards are the only nationally-recognized awards of their kind in the trucking industry and were presented at the ATA Safety Management Council and Transportation Security Council’s Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference in Little Rock, Ark.

ATA Honors Trucking’s Champions

Today, American Trucking Associations recognized the winners of some of the industry’s top honors as part of the annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

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Reports & Documents

Future Truck Information Reports

TMC's Future Truck Initiative eBook

You are invited to download our TMC's FUTURE TRUCK INITIATIVE eBOOK, which details ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council's (TMC) present projections on the future of trucking technology and business practices. These insights represent the consensus on what direction truck technology should take in the coming decades. The eBook was discussed during the MCE 2015 educational session entitled, “Visions and Opportunities in Truck Transportation," held Tuesday, October 20th.

October 20, 2015

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Future Truck Position Papers

Future Driver Distraction Guidelines

The issue of driver distraction in Class 7-8 commercial vehicles has two major components. First, the vehicle often contains multiple information/warning devices and systems which can be confusing and distracting. Second, interactive electronic devices and systems can be added or brought into the driver compartment. The compounding effect of excessive information, warnings and alarms within the interactive electronic devices can result in high levels of driver distraction. Accordingly, TMC’s Future Truck Committee urges the development of industry-wide guidelines for the installation and use of these devices in Class 7-8 commercial vehicles. Until these industry-wide standards can be established, TMC recommends manufacturers, suppliers, and fleets take a common sense approach to these devices to minimize driver distraction.

October 13, 2015

360° Driver Awareness Expectations Position Paper

Future Truck Program Position Paper: 2015-1 360° Driver Awareness Expectations. Vehicle crashes are greatly impacted by a driver’s knowledge of what exists around his or her vehicle. The term “360° Driver Awareness” describes technologies and devices that improve safety by increasing a driver’s knowledge of what is around his or her vehicle. This paper serves as a request for manufacturers and suppliers to share their plans for products that will be marketed within the next 10 years (or as soon as possible) to allow equipment users to better assess and implement the technology in their operations. It also serves to outline equipment user expectations for such technologies as used in commercial vehicle operations.

July 06, 2015

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Study Group Information Reports

Evaluation, Specification, Deployment and Maintenance Considerations for Natural Gas Powered Heavy-Duty Commercial Vehicles

Natural gas fuels can be a suitable alternative to diesel fuel for commercial vehicles in certain environments and applications. However, it is best to understand all facets of the operation, discuss them both internally and with local vendors (where applicable), and to establish realistic return-on-investment targets up front. Taking the time to build a proper business case and understand all the variables that come into play will pay dividends in terms of ensuring a successful natural gas vehicles deployment that meets corporate financial, reliability and acceptance expectations.

October 01, 2015

Aftermarket Brake Lining Classification (RP 628B)

The purpose of this Recommended Practice (RP) is to provide information for judging the performance of aftermarket brake linings on air-actuated foundation brakes, including testing in accordance with the dynamometer test procedure in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 121 and lining supplier qualification information. Such information will assist fleet operators in choosing aftermarket brake linings that will perform adequately on typical combination (tractor/trailer) vehicles and single trucks.

June 01, 2014

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Awards & Scholarships

TMCSuperTech 2015 Finalists

These are the 119 finalists for TMCSuperTech 2015, advancing to the Tuesday Hands-on Skills Challenge, listed by contestant number.

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