Getting certification labels completed and printed for modified work trucks will be easier under a partnership between information services provider IHS Markit and the National Truck Equipment Association, the organizations announced at the 2019 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
WorkTruckCert uses vehicle information number-decoding software from IHS Markit to enable users to automatically populate the vehicle year, make and model information, which speeds completion of upfit certification labels.
“This is a huge time saver for upfitters completing the online process to receive a certification label,” said Dawn Brusseau, associate director, commercial vehicle solutions, at IHS Markit.
IHS Markit data subscribers will be able to access previously unavailable information, including body style and vocational use, on more than 1 million straight and box trucks across all eight weight classes of trucks.
The level of insight will allow commercial vehicle data customers to make better business planning and strategy decisions, Brusseau said.
“Understanding the body-style information on all registered commercial vehicles is critical to understanding emerging market trends,” she said.
The program also allows creation of a truck database and easier searching of records.
Making it easier to track how trucks are being modified is important as the medium-duty commercial vehicle market expands. In 2018, the market grew by 17,000 new registrations in the upper-weight classes because of the growth in regional distribution and expansion of e-commerce.
“With WorkTruckCert, our industry is entering a whole new age of vehicle-certification service and support,” said Steve Carey, chief executive of the NTEA, which hosts the Work Truck Show annually.
In the future, WorkTruckCert will add supplemental data about fleet composition.