The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network and NASTF have made it official.
During a press conference Tuesday at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2016 in Las Vegas, CVSN formally announced it has become a 2016 partner in the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF).
This partnership comes just months after NASTF began integrating heavy-duty vehicle OEM technical and diagnostic information into its programs offered on the NASTF website following a historic Memorandum of Understanding between the Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association and CVSN.
“We are happy to welcome CVSN into our family of supporting partners,” says Allen Pennebaker, NASTF chairman. “We thank them for becoming one of our bronze sponsors. It is through a willingness of participating entities, like CVSN, to add their resource to this endeavor, which is so vital to the health of our industry that we can bring information access to all.”
“Becoming a partner and sponsor of NASTF continues CVSN’s commitment to work with other organizations committed to the health and growth of the independent aftermarket,” says Edward Neeley, president of Truck Supply Company of South Carolina and president of CVSN.
“NASTF has been a big help with implementation of the Right to Repair National commercial vehicle service information MOU,” adds Marc Karon, president of Total Truck Parts and Chairman of the Commerical Vehicle Right to Repair Coalition, led by CVSN. “All of the OEM and supplier website links will be indexed on the NASTF site directing commercial vehicle technicians easily to service information, tools and software.”
Karon says NASTF’s website will be a tremendous resource for the independent aftermarket. Potter says more than 75 suppliers have already submitted information to be cataloged, and Karon adds NASTF and CVSN have open dialogue with all other heavy-duty OEMs to add their information to the site.
The website also features a Service Information Request tool, which Potter says allows technicians to submit questions to OEMs when they are unable to find diagnostic and service information. Each request is then evaluated by NASTF and, if valid, is forwarded to the manufacturer in search of a resolution.
“The [SIR] feature will provide a bridge to manufacturers when the necessary information or software is not accessible,” Karon says.