Following a successful eight-month trial, family-owned bulk haulage company Ronnie S Evans has equipped its entire fleet of trailers with Michelin’s Effitrailer telematics system.
Initially fitted to 15 trailers, the telematics system alerted the Welsh haulier to 45 cases of low tyre pressure – preventing potential puncture costs of up to £1,000 a time.
As a result of the trial, the Company, which specialises in the metal and recycling industry, will now get the system fitted to its remaining 41 trailers on a three-year contract.
Commenting, company director Sion Evans says: “We recently had a driver collect a load and just 20 minutes into the journey I received an alert to say one of the tyre’s pressure had dropped to a critical level. After contacting the driver, he found a piece of metal lodged in it.
“He managed to get the vehicle safely to the nearest tyre dealer and got it repaired straight away, which also saved on the cost of a roadside call out and the unnecessary downtime this would have brought – all thanks to Effitrailer.
“The nature of our work sees part of the fleet going into scrap metal yards every day, so we’re operating in an environment where there is a higher risk of punctures. The Michelin system will transform our operations and allow us to be more proactive when it comes to potential tyre and brake issues.”
Ronnie S Evans will have access to the system’s on-board datalink, tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic braking system data analysis and constant geolocation.
Michelin Effitrailer can be installed on all trailers equipped with EBS, regardless of age or manufacturer, and is available regardless of current or future tyre policy.