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University of Ljubljana Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport Pot pomorščakov 4, 6320 Portorož, Slovenia
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Faculty of Transport Engineering J. Basanavičiaus 28, LT-03224 Vilnius, Lithuania
University of Maribor Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security Kotnikova ulica 8, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Publication date: 2020-09-30
Eksploatacja i Niezawodność – Maintenance and Reliability 2020;22(3):493-500
Since the implementation of modern approaches in operation maintenance, drivers are expected to be integrated into the entire system of maintenance in order to take over the professional competencies of maintenance workers. For this purpose, an international study was conducted on a sample of 249 truck drivers, with the aim to determine how maintenance in transport companies affects the role of heavy truck drivers in fleet maintenance. Based on the developed SEM model, it was determined that building an efficient maintenance infrastructure in transport companies enables the active participation of truck drivers in the company’s maintenance system. Drivers are capable of repairing minor failures, but only if they are proactive, which will affect their preventive behaviour. This can greatly benefit transport companies, as the results show that the vehicles are utilised more efficiently and in a better technical condition. The results therefore represent an important guideline for improving maintenance in transport companies, developing new competencies of truck drivers and upgrading existing knowledge in the development of modern operation maintenance.
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