Industry Associations

Lite-Check is a proud member of the following associations:

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The Technology & Maintenance Council is a diverse group of industry professionals who work together to improve truck equipment and technology.

TMC develops industry-recognized recommended practices that are used by fleet managers to efficiently specify and maintain vehicles. TMC’s industry best practices also provide guidance to manufacturers in the design of their equipment.

TMC began in 1956 when a small, but select group of maintenance directors sat down with representatives from the truck manufacturing community to discuss recurring equipment maintenance problems.

Since then, TMC has grown into an organization of more than 2,300 members with representatives from virtually every sector of the industry: fleets, owner/operators, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, educators, press, association representatives and technicians.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is a nonprofit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. The Alliance aims to achieve uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial motor vehicle inspections and enforcement by certified inspectors dedicated to driver and vehicle safety.

Our mission is to improve commercial motor vehicle safety and uniformity throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States by providing guidance and education to enforcement, industry and policy makers.

CVSA has four membership types: state/provincial, local agencies, associate and federal.

Our nearly 4,000 members are dedicated to transportation safety and are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals of uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial motor vehicle inspections throughout North America.

IANA is North America’s leading industry trade association representing the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry.

IANA’s membership roster of over 1,000 corporate members includes railroads — Class I, short-line and regional; water carriers and stacktrain operators; port authorities; intermodal truckers and over-the-road highway carriers; intermodal marketing and logistics companies; and suppliers to the industry such as equipment manufacturers, intermodal leasing companies and consulting firms. IANA’s associate (non-voting) members include shippers (defined as the beneficial owners of the freight to be shipped), academic institutions, government entities and non-profit associations.

The mission of IANA is, “To promote the growth of efficient intermodal freight transportation through innovation, education and dialogue.”

IANA’s vision is the following.

IANA will bring industry leadership and accomplish its mission as an association by:

  • Promoting the benefits of intermodal freight transportation and educating industry stakeholders
  • Providing its members with a mode neutral forum to discuss common issues, build consensus, shape policy and develop recommended practices
  • Positively influencing and shaping the legislative and regulatory environment in areas that impact the intermodal industry
  • Promoting and facilitating efficient business processes through innovation and technologies, while enabling common systems and services
  • Delivering excellence through its people, processes, technology and operations

The Canadian Transportation Equipment Association was created as the Canadian Truck Body Equipment Association (CTBEA) in 1963 in London Ontario. A few years later we adopted our current name. Up until 1990 the organization was run by volunteers. In 1991 the first employee was hired.

The 1990s were the formative years of the CTEA. A series of regulatory challenges made it necessary for CTEA staff and volunteers to focus on ways to collectively respond. Government safety regulations were either being enforced more vigorously or were being updated.

The Association’s responses lead to the development of programs and services to help our Members. All this activity increased the CTEA’s profile and importance within the industry. This, in turn, generated a rapid growth in membership. For example our 30 members in 1990 grew to 167 in 1995 and 315 in 2000. Our current membership is at 500+.

An essential component of the Association’s development of programs of most value to Members is our use of generic cooperative testing.

The Association recognized that many small-volume manufacturers lacked the engineering and/or financial capability to perform their own compliance testing to meet safety standards. In these situations it becomes advantageous for trade associations to perform what is known as cooperative testing.

Cooperative testing typically involves the development of a generic design and then performance of the tests necessary to assure compliance with the applicable standard. Individual companies then take this information and use it to assist in their design development, CMVSS compliance analysis and ultimately in the manufacture of compliant systems or components for their vehicles.

In this scenario manufacturers typically build specialty vehicles in their own local markets. Their project partners are generally not their direct competitors. If a group of manufacturers is large enough, and willing to pool their resources, the result is a win-win situation. The costs of conducting the testing, creating supporting documentation (drawings, specifications), etc. are divided by the number of participants. Compliance is assured at a reasonable cost.

Cooperative test projects usually involve the following steps:

  • A survey of affected manufacturer Members to determine interest/support (who and how many will participate);
    Distribution of a Request for Proposal to qualified test agencies/facilities;
  • Approval of agency/facility test and documentation schedule;
    Collection of money from Member investors;
  • Completion of testing and documentation by test agency/facility; and
  • Results are delivered to investors, typically consisting of a report on the design development, the test report and design drawings and often a CD-ROM containing AutoCad drawings, design application guides and test reports.

Large high-volume manufacturers are often reluctant to wait for the generic solution to be organized. It can take several months, if not longer, for the results to be delivered. So they often go it alone to keep ahead of their competition. However, lately some larger manufacturers have seen the risk management benefit of having a third party design and test a solution that they can use. Since the CTEA always has Transport Canada’s involvement in every generic project and will ensure they will accept the results, there is no doubt the proof of compliance will be acceptable.