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ATA turns focus on Technical and Maintenance Conference

TMC Online event sees program revealed and registrations open


The Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA’s) Technical and Maintenance Conference (TMC), which pivoted to an online event, retain its virtual format in 2021.

The ATA has opened registrations and released the program for TMC Online, which is a free and interactive event comprising technical and maintenance updates, insights and stories from industry experts across Australia including trucking fleet, workshop, and maintenance professionals, as well as mechanics, engineers and business operators.  

To be held on July 27 and 28, The ATA and truckmaker Paccar and its dealer networks will deliver TMC Online to feature live and on-demand content that has been developed with input from the ATA’s Industry Technical Council (ITC) and the wider trucking industry including: 

  • Electric trucks: the future of urban freight?  
  • Rigid drawbar converter dolly – concept proved 
  • Getting and keeping apprentices – understanding what support is available and how to gain and retain apprentices 
  • The ATA’s technical advisory procedure program, in a session hosted by Industry Technical Council chair Kel Baxter. 

“We successfully delivered the first-ever TMC Online in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 restrictions, and we are excited to once again be able to deliver valuable, educational content to industry no matter where they are located around the country,” outgoing ATA CEO Andrew McKellar says. 

“Our live electric trucks session will explore the whole of life benefits and costs of electric trucks, how to keep an electric fleet on the road, possible future models and how governments can remove barriers to their adoption.  

“Meanwhile, the live rigid drawbar converter dolly session will give delegates an insight into the results of the ATA’s prototype rigid drawbar converter dolly trial, with early access to detailed engineering report on its performance.” 

TMC Online will also welcome ITC chair Kel Baxter, deputy chair Dennis Roohan and working group chair Ian Thomson to discuss its technical advisory procedure development program. 

“These procedures are created to meet the needs of industry and fill the gaps in vehicle standards,” McKellar says.

TMC Online will also explore how wider trucks could improve safety and productivity, the business savings from full expensing, and the potential changes to vehicle inspections, defects and duties.

“Delivering TMC Online will allow us to connect with a much larger and broader audience than ever before and will allow our delegates to view the content whenever suits them, regardless of the COVID situation,” ATA chair David Smith says.  

“TMC Online is free, and I invite all industry members to register and take part.”


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