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11 Apr 2014 12:13

ATS Euromaster has helped to reduce the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s (YAS) tyre spend by approximately 20 per cent – just eight months after being appointed to service the Trust’s fleet.

The three year deal, which was secured via the Government Procurement Service (GPS) tyre framework agreement (now part of the Crown Commercial Service), sees ATS Euromaster’s experienced technicians fitting Michelin tyres to the Trust’s vehicles, which include more than 280 emergency ambulances, 200 rapid response vehicles and 460 patient transport service vehicles.

ATS Euromaster has been working closely with YAS to replace its existing tyres as wear dictates. The replacement Michelin fitments, backed up by ATS Euromaster’s expert tyre management, is helping to extract the maximum mileage out of every tyre, significantly reducing the fleet’s tyre bills.

Gary Walden, Accident Reduction Manager at YAS, says: “Our fleet covers a vast area of almost 6,000 square miles from busy urban areas through to isolated moors and dales. Our vehicles cover thousands of miles every week, often making swift progress to patients under blue lights and sirens. As such our tyres are worked very hard and optimising our fitment and service strategy is key. By working in partnership with ATS Euromaster we’ve made great in-roads and the impact on our running costs is evident.”

The Trust handles an average of 2,180 emergency calls a day and operates from 62 ambulance stations located across the county.

As part of the new deal it has been trialling Michelin cold weather tyres on a number of its vehicles to prepare for the harsh Yorkshire winters.

Walden says: “So far the tyres have performed well, but we’re looking to see how they cope in even colder conditions and how they fare as it warms up. If we see the safety benefits we expect to and no impact on handling when the weather turns, we’ll consider rolling them out across the fleet.”

The contract also gives YAS access to ATS Euromaster’s 24/7 roadside rapid response service, which is key to getting emergency vehicles back on the road as quickly as possible.

Walden added: “ATS Euromaster understands that unplanned fleet downtime is simply not an option for an emergency service and has made the transition to a new service provider as smooth as possible. They are providing us with a great service and have been easy to do business with."

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