At the fall meeting,
OOIDA members brought driver concerns and experiences to the Technology and
Maintenance Council (TMC), the group that sets the standards for equipment
and maintenance practices for the entire trucking industry. The council convened
in October in Jacksonville, FL.
OOIDA member Gail Swiger,
West Allis, WI (Swiger Trucking/FedEx Custom Critical), organized and moderated
a Technical Session, "Spec'ing Cabs for Operator Efficiency and Safety."
Swiger is vice-chairman of the Cab and Controls Study Group, the session's
sponsor. Presentations at the session summarized the findings of a task force
on the subject, chaired by OOIDA member and Land Line Technical Editor Paul
Abelson. An 18-year TMC veteran, Abelson also serves on the Council's Board
Swiger's session informed
more than 200 fleet operators and industry suppliers of developments in climate
control, cab structure, noise and vibration control, seat comfort and communications.
Presenting the driver's
needs and concerns, OOIDA member Dan Feeley, Mokena IL, president of specialty
hauler NMMC, spoke about the need for safer ingress and egress from cabs and
decks. He also suggested improvements in placement of controls, readability
of instruments and mirror placement.
The next day, Feeley
provided driver and small fleet views at the Technical Session on "Diagnosing
electronic Instrument Clusters," presented by the On-Board Vehicle Electronics
Study Group. There, he reminded attendees of the need for simple diagnosis
and repairs. He repeated his call for easier-to-read instruments, especially
OOIDA member Mike Swiger,
Gail's husband and co-driver, accepted the chair of a new task force,"
Selection, Installation and Maintenance of Inter-Vehicle Lines," the
air and electrical connections between tractors and trailers. Swiger also
chairs a task force on "Electrical HVAC Systems," devices used to
heat, ventilate and air condition cabs when the engine is off.
-- Sandi Soendker, managing editor