ATS Euromaster, the Birmingham-based, Michelin-owned company which is one of the UK’s biggest tyre distributors, is stepping up its diversification into commercial vehicle maintenance and repair.
Twelve months ago six ATS Euromaster service centre sites in a UK network total of 345 began to offer several products and services for vehicles above seven tonnes GVW in addition to tyres and wheels. SMR (service, maintenance and repair) sites can repair brakes, replace air and electrical lines, fit new batteries and jump-start trucks. Now an additional 10 ATS Euromaster sites have been equipped to provide these services.
Peter Fairlie, ATS Euromaster Group Sales Director, said, “Following our focus on six centres in key road freight heartlands, we’re expanding the project in response to customer demand.
“It’s now even easier for truck fleet operators to access services that will save on fuel, maximise vehicle uptime and keep their drivers safe. This marks a natural extension of our services for truck fleets beyond tyres and wheels, for which our expertise is best known.”
Recognising that the general standard of light commercial vehicle maintenance often fails to match that of heavier vehicles, ATS Euromaster has produced a booklet offering free advice to van operators on how to maximise vehicle uptime and improve MOT test pass rates. The booklet, Van Down? The ATS Euromaster Guide to Maximising Van Uptime, will be launched at the CV Show later this month and then be available in PDF form free to download from its website from 26 April.
The MOT failure rate for Class VII vehicles (with gross weights from 3 to 3.5 tonnes) continues to be worse than for any other class of vehicle. The first-time MOT failure rate for vehicles of this type was 49% in 2014/15, according to the latest statistics from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
Fairlie said, “Vehicles that pass their MOT first time maximise uptime. Given that 3-3.5-tonne vans have the lowest first-time pass rate of any class of vehicle, we want to help fleets to tackle this serious issue head-on. With their own expert knowledge and now tips and advice from ATS Euromaster, van operators will be better placed to maximise their uptime – and potentially avoid costly MOT-related issues.”
As well as pinpointing common causes of van MOT test failures, the new ATS Euromaster booklet also offers tips on subjects such as tyre maintenance, component checks and what to watch out for in fleet service providers.