Nearly 25 per cent (14,177) of the 56,980 commercial vehicles inspected by ATS Euromaster during February 2009 were found to have at least one tyre-related issue which required either servicing or replacement by its team of mobile technicians.
The routine inspections form a central part of many tyre management contracts, and see ATS Euromaster carry out tyre safety checks on vehicles ranging from small panel vans to maximum weight tractor units and trailers. Inspections take place at a customer’s own site and can be scheduled to take place weekly, fortnightly or monthly, with many taking place over a weekend to ensure maximum fleet availability.
Regrooving accounted for 35 per cent of the 14,177 individual jobs carried out following the inspections, with roughly one third (32 per cent) requiring the tyre to be repositioned after the regroove. 12 per cent of vehicles had tyres turned on the rim, to help prolong life, whilst seven per cent had tyres repositioned, in circumstances where tread patterns or tread depths were mismatched on the same axle.
Other issues highlighted included five per cent of vehicles with at least one missing valve cap - a primary cause of pressure leaks - plus four per cent of vehicles without the necessary valve extensions, which are required for checking pressures on axles with a twin fitment.
Commenting on the analysis, Peter Fairlie, Group Sales Director at ATS Euromaster, explains: “Fleet inspections form a central part of our tyre management contracts and are designed to aid compliance and support an operator’s Duty of Care responsibilities, whilst helping to reduce the risk of
tyre-related breakdowns. Crucially, they also enable us to maximise tyre life and performance, which in turn reduces overall tyre expenditure and has a positive impact on the environment.”
Of the 14,177 jobs carried out as a result of the inspections in February, just 29 per cent required a tyre to be changed, with 82 per cent of these replacements fitted due to the tread depth having reached the limit set out in each individual policy. Other reasons for replacement included nine per cent found with tread or sidewall damage, seven per cent with a tread depth below the legal limit and one per cent with flat-spots in the tread.
As the largest supplier of truck tyres and associated services in the UK, ATS Euromaster, part of the Michelin Group, operates a nationwide network of service centres supported by a fleet of more than 1,200 mobile service vans. This includes 57 vehicles which are dedicated for operation by the mobile fleet inspection department.
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