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Fleets urged to equip drivers with tyre service kits

Equipping drivers with tyre service kits could help fleets cut down on the potentially fatal risk of cars and commercial vehicles fitted with illegal tyres.

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VGroup believes tyre service kits should be part of at-work driving safety policies.

So says VGroup, a leading provider of motor accessory essentials, as latest figures show defective tyres account for a greater proportion of total penalty points received by drivers for the poor condition of their cars.

During 2015 there were 908 casualties resulting from tyre-related incidence on Britain’s roads.

Meanwhile as the annual October National Tyre Safety Month draws to a close, TyreSafe has calculated that more than 10 million tyres currently fitted to vehicles could be illegal.

As the onset of winter approaches, VGroup says it is even more critical that all company car and commercial vehicle fleets should check tyre condition regularly, and to make it easier equip drivers with tyre service kits as part of at-work driving safety policies and procedures.
VGroup has already supplied more than 96,000 tyre service kits to fleets this year, including digital units for West Midlands-headquartered Monks & Crane Industry Group.

The firm’s HSEQ (health, safety, environment and quality) manager, Michelle Dalby, commented: “Monks & Crane is constantly working on improvements, and VGroup assisted us to successfully launch tyre service kits to our drivers. Previously we requested drivers completed vehicle inspections that included tyre checks but we had not provided the drivers with any tools to do that effectively.

“In January 2016, the company launched an updated inspection checklist and decided to issue tyre service kits to all drivers enabling them to check vehicle tyres regularly and with confidence.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.