Leicester City Council has appointed ATS Euromaster to supply and service the tyres across its fleet of 883 vehicles, which ranges from civic limousines to 32-tonne refuse collection trucks, and includes over 600 vehicles plated at 3.5 tonnes or below.
The new contract will see the fleet supplied with a range of Avon, Taurus, Kumho and Encore tyres and follows a ten year period which saw the council’s tyre needs met by a local independent service provider.
Leicester City Council Fleet Manager Stephen Kerry says: “With ATS Euromaster we can enjoy access to an extensive network of service centres across the UK, which ensures we get the best possible back-up when we send a bus or coach on a journey outside of the Leicester area.
“ATS Euromaster’s wide-ranging expertise also means its staff are as skilled at working on cars and vans as they are on heavy trucks. Plus they’re used to servicing the tyres on all manner of specialist municipal equipment, such as loading shovels, mobile access platforms and compact sweepers,” he adds.
Key to ATS Euromaster’s ability to support a major local authority fleet is its accreditation by the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS) - a government-backed initiative for health and safety pre-qualification. It gives organisations such as Leicester City Council the confidence that ATS Euromaster will meet a nationally recognised and accepted threshold standard, with ATS Euromaster being the first national tyre supplier to be accredited by CHAS.
Another major benefit for the council is access to ATS Euromaster’s free-phone rapid response service, which ensures its commercial vehicle drivers can request emergency assistance at the roadside in the event of a tyre-related breakdown. Indeed, across the UK in 2009, ATS Euromaster arrived at the scene of a call-out in an average of just 71 minutes – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Kerry adds: “The fleet’s performance is paramount to the council, as it supports a huge number of our key services, such as meals on wheels, special educational needs transport, social care transport, cleansing, civil engineering, plus the ongoing maintenance of our many parks and green spaces.
“This means that getting the maximum performance out of the fleet, including its tyres, really does matter – and the council welcomes the support of ATS Euromaster, and the expertise it can provide.”
Amongst the more diverse vehicles found within Leicester City Council’s fleet are two mobile libraries, together with various agricultural and construction vehicles. It also operates a dedicated refuse collection and recycling fleet, highways maintenance vehicles, skiploaders, sweepers, tankers, gritters and over 140 MPVs, minibuses and welfare buses.
ATS Euromaster’s nationwide network of 378 fast-fit centres includes both a car/van and dedicated truck facility in Leicester, supported by further sites throughout the local area. This includes long-established centres in Loughborough, Hinckley, Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough. Leicester City Council also enjoys access to ATS Euromaster’s fleet of mobile service vans – the largest of its type in the country – which carry out on-site tyre fitment at council depots.
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