Independent petroleum haulage contractor Suckling Transport is recording savings across its mixed fleet of 86 trucks and 90 petroleum tanker trailers one year after signing a pence per kilometre (PPK) agreement with Michelin, serviced by ATS Euromaster.
The West Thurrock-based company signed the three-year deal in July 2008 and is seeing cost savings of between 10 and 15 per cent per month compared with its previous tyre policy.
Peter Larner, Managing Director of Suckling Transport, explains: “The new contract is delivering tangible savings for our business. ATS Euromaster’s systems have proved an easy fit with our operation and we are especially impressed with the web-based reporting that gives total transparency across the contract. It allows us to observe tyre usage for each vehicle and location, enabling trends to be monitored and any issues which arise to be dealt with quickly.”
Dan Bauckham, Fleet Manager at Suckling Transport, adds: “By following a Michelin policy we are seeing better mileage performance across the fleet, which not only saves money, but also helps to reduce our carbon footprint.”
ATS Euromaster technicians regroove worn tyres when the tread reaches 3 to 4mm, ensuring Suckling Transport make full use of the extra layer of base rubber built into all Michelin truck tyres. Once the regrooved tyre has worn it is removed by ATS Euromaster and sent to Michelin’s facility in Stoke-on-Trent to be remoulded.
As part of the contract, ATS Euromaster carry out monthly fleet inspections using its electronic data capture system, which allows technicians to record each tyre’s condition and tread depth onto a small handheld computer. Results are uploaded via mobile phone to a central database and emailed to Suckling Transport’s local ATS Euromaster service centre, which co-ordinates any follow-up service work to suit the customer’s busy transport schedule (many vehicles are in operation 24/7).
Bauckham says: “The nature of our business as a petroleum haulage contractor requires us to have auditable fleet records, and these tyre inspections help us meet those safety requirements.”
The contract sees Michelin’s XZE2+ regional tyres fitted to tractor unit front axles, with the drive axles benefiting from Michelin’s latest XDN2 Grip tyres, which use a self-regenerating tread pattern which opens up new patented raindrop sipes when the tyre is two-thirds worn, ensuring the tyres offer similar grip levels to that of a new tyre. Trailers in the fleet are equipped with Michelin XTE3 tyres, designed for both regional and national haulage.
Suckling Transport operates a modern fleet of vehicles throughout the UK, each covering up to 200,000 km a year. It includes a mixed fleet of trucks which are either single or double shifted, making deliveries to major oil terminals nationwide including Aberdeen, Avonmouth, Cardiff, Coryton, Grangemouth, Heathrow, Hythe, Inverness, Kingsbury, Pembroke, Plymouth and Westerleigh.
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