The commercial cartage, custom delivery and over-the-road segments of the automotive fleet industry are well-served by numerous dedicated trade associations and other resources. The vast majority of fleets operating today are small- to medium-sized vocational fleets. Their primary business is to manage vehicles that support their operations. The vocational fleet industry is inherently diverse and segmented. As a result, vocational fleet owners and operators have few outside resources to assist and guide them in the overall management of their fleet. NTEA supports commercial truck fleets with the resources and information they need.
The vocational fleet resources and information provided can assist you with managing your operations and mitigating risks. Benefits to your organization include:
- Risk management principles
- Productivity and engineering guidelines
- Truck buying and building resources
- Quick access to relevant standards
- Government links
- Other useful vocational fleet content
Vocational vehicles are critical tools that should be designed for the task they are intended to perform. Properly specifying, operating and maintaining each vehicle in your fleet can reduce risk exposure.
VEHICLE life cycle cost tool
NTEA's Vehicle Life Cycle Cost Tool, designed to be flexible and user-friendly to accommodate a variety of truck life cycle analysis needs and different fleet structures. This tool is a free NTEA member benefit (member login required) — not available for public purchase.
NTEA vehicle Specification Process Guide
The specification development process encompasses a systematic and defined set of interactions between various stakeholders, including the vehicle user, fleet team and supply chain. NTEA’s specification development tool is intended to improve this process by applying leading techniques widely recognized by industry professionals.
VEHICLE CENTER OF GRAVITY AND AXLE WEIGHT CALCULATOR
Member fleets can use the Vehicle Center of Gravity and Axle Weight Calculator for vehicle specification and weight information to assist in understanding Federal Bridge Law limitations and help establish fleet-specific internal operating payload guidelines to optimize the service life of your vehicles.
data logger drive and duty analysis program
The data logger drive and duty cycle analysis program collects operating metrics and provides fleet and industry information on how vehicles operate in varying environments.
Truck equipment (TE) 101 and 201
TE101 is training program covering all aspects of work trucks and the industry — from chassis and powertrains to bodies and cab styles. TE201 is a series of online course modules, designed for those with technical knowledge seeking deeper understanding of certain topics outlined in TE101.
Fleet Affiliation e-newsletter
Fleet Affiliation is a monthly publication for fleet professionals in the work truck industry.
Looking to improve the spec'ing and design of your work trucks? Be sure to check out NTEA's On-site Training for Commercial, Utility and Government Fleetswhere expert presenters, all qualified engineers, deliver real-world strategies and practical techniques that are immediately applicable. Courses focus on vocational vehicle specifications and design training. On-site training is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. NTEA offers several online education and training opportunities free for NTEA members.Not a member, but interested in access at no charge? Schedule a membership call at email@example.com or 800-441-6832.
Fleet Risk Management
Risk management in conjunction with the ownership/operation of a vocational fleet goes far beyond complying with the minimum insurance requirements and local vehicle registration and inspection requirements.
Fleet Engineering and Productivity
Learn how to optimize overall costs of ownership and the productivity of vocational fleet vehicles. The key is that each vehicle must be matched to the intended application and must be properly designed.
Review basic regulatory requirements for all commercial vehicles operating in interstate commerce, as mandated by federal agencies. An FMVSS guide is also available.
Fleet Certification Opportunities
NTEA recognizes the following training and certification programs administered by the NAFA Fleet Management Association: CAFM (Certified Automotive Fleet Manager) and CAFS (Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist).
Learn more by viewing our truck fleet resources brochure or contact NTEA Fleet Relations Director Chris Lyon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-479-8196.
View the wide-range of technical resources offered by NTEA.
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