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12 Oct 2015 11:24

ATS Euromaster expert technician Michael Vasey has jointly received the REACT Roadside Technician of the Year Award from the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) at the ‘Oscars’ for the tyre industry.

Vasey, who works at ATS Euromaster’s Aberdeen centre, was one of two winners of the award at a ceremony in Birmingham. Predominantly a mobile technician in one of ATS Euromaster’s more than 820 service vans, 29-year-old Vasey holds City and Guilds qualifications in every aspect of tyre fitting and roadside breakdown, from car and van to heavy industrial vehicles, including experience working airside at Aberdeen International Airport.

His role offers some unique tyre fitting challenges, with a frequent requirement to make 100-mile round trips to customers – in a part of the country with no motorways and where weather conditions see freezing rain and just six hours of light a day between October and March, meaning frequent work in the hours of darkness.

Despite this, Vasey has never been involved in any breach of health and safety protocol since joining the company in 2012 and carrying out more than 4,000 jobs – and was attracted to join because of ATS Euromaster’s outstanding commitment to safety and training.

Peter Tye, Group Operations Director, ATS Euromaster, says: “Michael exemplifies everything that ATS Euromaster stands for. He is the complete expert in his field, holding as many qualifications as it’s possible for a commercial tyre technician to have. His health and safety record is utterly spotless and he frequently, literally, goes the extra mile for our customers. He is a role model for tyre technicians everywhere and we are delighted that his outstanding commitment and competence has been recognised by the NTDA.”

Vasey says: “I’m honoured to be considered as one of the top tyre technicians in the country. To get to this place, I’ve been supported by a fantastic operations manager and a company that doesn’t compromise on quality or safety. It’s a real privilege.”

The annual NTDA Awards are judged by a panel of industry peers, and represent the highest accolades available in the tyre industry.

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