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Only 50% of tyres correctly inflated, finds WheelRight

The tyre pressure monitoring was carried out by WheelRight at the NEC’S Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show and also revealed that more than one in 10 of vehicles tested had tyres that were under-inflated by over 20% – significantly below the tyre pressure levels recommended by manufacturers.

The company says its data, sourced from a wide range of visitors who travelled from all over the UK to attend the show, is a clear demonstration of poor tyre pressure maintenance and is consistent with other tests carried out by WheelRight’s demonstration unit at other public events. The lowest tyre pressure monitored at the show came in at a worryingly low nine psi (pounds per square inch). 

WheelRight’s testing shows that drivers are incurring needless costs and endangering their safety through inadequate tyre inflation. The UK sees approximately 25 deaths and nearly 1,500 serious accidents every year attributed to poorly inflated or defective tyres. 

“The data we have collected clearly highlights that tyre pressure remains an issue of concern,” said WheelRight chief executive John Catling. “Indeed, the lowest tyre pressure read by our system during our CV Show demonstration revealed nine psi – a worryingly and extremely unsafe result.”

The demonstration follows WheelRight’s campaign to encourage fleets to adopt best practice in introducing daily tyre pressure checks.

“With our revolutionary system, we’re providing operators with cutting-edge technology that supplies them with accessible, robust data, and a simple, time-efficient solution to their tyre pressure concerns,” Catling added. “If you’re at all concerned about your fleet’s tyre pressures, get in touch with WheelRight to book a free trial.” 

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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.