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TMC updates Recommended Practices Manual for 2018-19

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council recently released its 2018-19 Recommended Practices Manual, which features more than 40 new or revised recommended practices formulated to increase equipment maintenance and engineer efficiencies.

“Each recommended practice has been developed through experimentation in the field, then subjected to stringent evaluation by TMC members, so you know the information is top quality,” said Robert Braswell, TMC’s executive director.

“Throughout TMC’s more than 60 years of existence, these RPs have been under constant development and revision—and include maintenance and equipment testing information as well as spec’ing and design practices.”


The Recommended Practices Manual is a TMC member benefit but also is available for purchase for non-members in a variety of formats. The new set features both TMC’s Recommended Maintenance Practices Manual and Recommended Engineering Practices Manual. Together, the two-volume set (three volumes in the print version) features more than 3,500 pages of technical information that represents the consensus and collective wisdom of Council members on spec’ing, testing and maintaining a wide-range of Class 2-8 commercial vehicles.

The 2018-19 edition features RPs added since the publication of TMC’s 2017 RP Supplement, covering topics ranging from battery selection criteria to aerodynamic wheel cover considerations, as well as lifting and jacking vehicles guidelines to key performance indicators for cost-per-mile metrics.

TMC members receive immediate access to TMC’s entire RP library through TMC Connect. To join, visit or call 703-838-1763.

If you are not a TMC member – or are a member and wish to purchase additional copies of the new RP Manual – call ATA Business Solutions at 866-821-3468 or visit to order and for pricing information.

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