Last week, we celebrated the inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week. The American Trucking Associations, along with the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council announced September 16 that the week after Driver Appreciation would be dedicated to those who ensure our fleets are operational and help keep our drivers safe.
“We are proud and beyond excited to launch this important week and dedicate a time to say ‘thank you’ to the professional technicians that are so integral to the trucking industry,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “Professional technicians are the unsung heroes. Like a well-oiled machine, they keep business moving and trucks on the road. TMC is honored to showcase these important individuals, and highlight the significant impact they have.” (SOURCE)
Technicians are essential to the supply chain and automotive industries - Drivers can’t complete their missions when their trucks are in the shop or broken down on the side of the road.
“You need technicians just as much as you need drivers to make sure the truck is moving,” says Robert Braswell, executive director for TMC. (SOURCE)
In order to keep the supply flow moving, fleets must stay operational. Technicians ensure any vehicle malfunction, maintenance problems, and repairs are addressed proactively.
“Without the technicians making sure the vehicles are ready for service and [are] in proper and safe order, the drivers can't make their deliveries,” says Robert Braswell, executive director for the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC). “Trucks provide all the essential services to all the different industries that are affected by [coronavirus] – all the things that make civilized life possible. You need technicians just as much as you need drivers to make sure the truck is moving.”
Technicians help keep our drivers safe and implement procedures that help reduce the risk of FMCSA Vehicle Maintenance violations. These are some of the most common violations drivers receive and stay on your ranking for 24 months.
“Professional technicians ensure that drivers are able to travel safely — which has always been, and remains our highest priority,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “The technician team of any-size motor carrier, private carrier or service provider are critical to its successful operation.” (SOURCE)
Thank you to the technicians who keep our trucks moving! Happy National Technician Appreciation Week - here’s to many more!