Council uses public sector tyre sourcing initiative to save cash
The initiative sees the council benefit from a Michelin-led contract, with all tyre servicing and supply provided by ATS Euromaster. The 200-strong mixed fleet includes 50 cars, 100 vans, 30 buses (ranging from minibuses to 24 seaters) and 25 trucks – including 8X4 hookloaders and the council's refuse collection and recycling vehicles.
The tyre budget in 2009 was running at £8-10k per month. After moving to the OGC deal in 2010, the council is benefiting from reductions of nearly 50% in some months and fleet manager Barry Richards says he is so far delighted with the outcome.
'It is early days for us on a scheme of this sort but on the strength of what we have seen so far we're very pleased,' he said. 'If it continues like this we'll be happy. All local authorities are working hard to maximise value from their budgets and this scheme has allowed us to do that.'
In addition to fitting quality Michelin tyres across the fleet, the council also benefits from access to ATS Euromaster's mobile fitment service and rapid response breakdown cover, which guarantees prompt 24/7 assistance in the event of a tyre-related breakdown at the roadside.
Also included in the contract is ATS Euromaster's Web Reporter service, which provides secure online access to data including a complete tyre history, measuring the actual tyres fitted versus brand policy, and tyre spend per vehicle, per vehicle type and across the fleet. The contract also includes six weekly tyre safety inspections carried out by experienced technicians utilising ATS Euromaster's proven Electronic Data Capture (EDC2) system.