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The A to Z Guide to Managing Your Vehicle Maintenance

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This manual   Vehicle Maintenance Pro: The A to Z guide to managing your vehicle maintenance operation — takes a look at the tasks that could fall under the title of Maintenance Pro.

 The book is divided into two major topic areas  your operations and maintenance related activities, and dealing with compliance issues. The operations topics covered in this manual place a strong emphasis on the importance of planning, establishing standards, and then living by those standards when it comes to maintenance, safety, and health.

 The compliance sections include selected regulations and compliance guidance pertaining to Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.

 Finally, a reference section includes pertinent information relating to the subjects covered in the manual, as well as contact information for the regulatory agencies discussed in the manual.

 Revision bars, like the one at the left of this paragraph, are used in this publication to show where significant changes were made on update pages. The revision bar next to text on a page indicates that the text was revised. 

The date at the bottom of the page tells you when the revised page was issued. Due to the constantly changing nature of government regulations, it is impossible to guarantee absolute accuracy of the material contained herein. 

The Publisher and Editors, therefore, cannot assume any responsibility for omissions, errors, misprinting, or ambiguity contained within this publication and shall not be held liable in any degree for any loss or injury caused by such omission, error, misprinting or ambiguity presented in this publication.

 This publication is designed to provide reasonably accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the Publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service.

 If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. 

Vehicle maintenance is a complicated business. Whatever kind of maintenance facility you are in charge of, if you manage the overall program of both operational and compliance related topics, you’ve got your hands full.

 This manual is intended to be used by Maintenance Pros at all types of commercial carriers. Whenever the term “vehicle” is used, the requirement or concept is universal and applies to all types of commercial vehicles; large (CDL-required vehicles), small (non-CDL commercial vehicles), property-carrying, and passenger-carrying. 

When a vehicle-specific requirement or topic is being discussed, the type of vehicle the requirement or topic applies to will be specified. Examples include the emergencyexit requirements for passenger-carrying vehicles and the new brake distance requirements related to truck-tractors. 

A Maintenance Pro, in the sense of this manual, has the task of managing maintenance operations, people, equipment, and regulatory compliance issues.

 Operational management involves finding the most efficient and effective way of keeping the fleet operating safely. Personnel management involves directing a group of different people toward a common goal. 

Employees must be encouraged to reach their full potential if the business is to be profitable. Equipment management means making sure that each unit “pays its way.” If it doesn’t, it has to be replaced or eliminated entirely. Managing compliance means trying to comply with regulations from DOT, OSHA, and EPA.