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.




ATA Announces TMC’s Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference

Arlington, Va. – Today, American Trucking Associations announced its Technology & Maintenance Council is hosting TMC’s Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference, a new event to address best practices in fleet data management and cybersecurity. Attendees will learn how to extract more business value from the data that fleets collect to make cost reporting and operations more efficient. The Conference will have a special focus on leveraging the power of the Council’s Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards as well as new breakdown maintenance benchmarking services available through a joint project with FleetNet America.

Registration Opens for ATAs TMC 2018 Annual Meeting

Arlington, Virginia – American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council announced it was opening registration for its 2018 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, to be held March 5-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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Reports & Documents

Future Truck Information Reports

TMC IR 2015-3, Exploring the Potential for 48-Volt Commercial Vehicle Electrical Systems

Forty-eight volt electrical systems represent a great potential to save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Idle stop-start technology can help save fuel while the vehicle is motionless, and torque assist can also be supplied to the engine for launch and low-speed momentary acceleration. Increased energy storage and recapture of brake energy is also possible through 48-volt electrical/electronic (E/E) technology, further improving on overall efficiency. In addition, there are other possibilities with the use of a 48-volt supply that would not be possible with a 12-volt battery in in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), such as electronically controlled air-conditioning (A/C) compressors and fully electric power steering.

December 17, 2015

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Future Truck Position Papers

TMC Future Truck Position Paper: 2017-4, Recommendations Regarding Multi-Voltage Vehicle Electrical Systems

With the rising demand for improvements in efficiency and power availability, efforts are underway to incorporate higher voltages into the electrical systems of heavy-duty commercial motor vehicles. Throughout this effort, it is important that safety, reliability, and compatibility with equipment currently in use, be maintained. This paper, developed by TMC’s Electrical/Electronic Systems Task Force, under the auspices of the Council’s Future Truck Committee, serves to further outline these expectations.

December 31, 2017

TMC Future Truck Position Paper: 2017-3, Performance Expectations for Zero-Pressure Commercial Truck Tires

The Future Tire Durability and Reliability Task Force — working under the auspices of TMC's Future Truck Committee — was tasked with exploring and identifying key factors related to the adoption of zero-pressure tires in commercial transportation service. Accordingly, the Task Force developed this position paper to define future features and expectations for zero pressure commercial tires in terms of product performance, maintainability, reliability, durability, serviceability, environmental and educational issues. This document provides the industry with an overview of what will be necessary for trucking companies to integrate this new technology into their fleets.

November 01, 2017

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Study Group Information Reports

TMC IR 2017-2, Compliance and Certification of Electronic Logging Devices

S.12 Onboard Vehicle Electronics Information Report: 2017-2, Compliance and Certification of Electronic Logging Devices This document provides motor carriers and owner-operators guidance on what constitutes a compliant electronic logging device (ELD) system. This paper is not meant to cover all aspects of the ELD certification process, but is intended to provide sufficient detail such that fleets and owner-operators using this document can determine what is an acceptable level of supplier compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration’s (FMCSA) new ELD mandate.

June 30, 2017

TMC IR 2016-1, Battery Electric Vehicles in Light- & Medium-Duty and Specialty Truck Commercial Applications

A Class 1-6 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) powered solely by electricity is much different than a CMV powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) or by hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) design. A battery electric vehicle (BEV) design includes storage only for its onboard battery capacity, not fossil fuel. The battery capacity has a direct impact on vehicle range and powered features. The electrical propulsion system requires a high voltage supply and significant current draw that dictates the capability and therefore the battery capacity. Unlike electric cars that can transport a relatively light load within a limited range, a commercial application relates to the operator’s ability to fulfill a customer’s expectations. Commercial BEVs have balanced design considerations that involve total vehicle cost, weight, energy storage capability, and lifecycle value. The primary consideration is the battery in which lithium-ion (Li-ion) technology has grown to be most popular for its design. Other considerations rely on the unloaded weight amount the CMV has compared to its maximum load weight amount dependent on distance, geographical terrain, duty cycle and any other specific industry segments that test its capabilities. End users must understand their own applications before changing from ICE design or HEV fleet units to fully electric.

June 01, 2016

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Study Group Position Papers

TMC TPA 2017-1 V2V Communications

The purpose of this Technical Policy Advisory (TPA) is to offer guidance to ATA in its comments on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), “Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; V2V Communications” [49 CFR Part571; Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0126]

April 01, 2017

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