Membership in the Tire Industry Assn. (TIA) has been opened to fleets looking for reduced-cost access to the group’s training and certification programs, as well as a variety of programs.

TIA currently offers commercial tire service and OSHA compliance classes, and said it can also custom-design fleet tire service training programs that allow fleets to combine classroom instruction and hands-on training commercial and off-the-road tire service.

Group membership also brings discounts for Comdata's Fleet Team, a service that handles receivables management for parts, maintenance and repair services while providing a fleet maintenance system at no cost. Other program discounts include Coface Commercial Credit Information and Collection Services, Ceridian payroll services, and a significant discount on overnight and freight shipping from one of the world's largest package shippers.

"We are very excited about adding fleets to our membership roster, and we want to show fleets that membership in TIA is not an expense; it's a value," said TIA executive vp Roy Littlefield. "From discounts on training, to discounts on services and products, to representation in Washington on issues of great importance to fleets, TIA will work hard to deliver the value and quality our other members have come to expect and enjoy."