New CM research reveals how fleets are keeping the UK’s wheels turning

One of the great success stories of a year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic has been the ability of the road transport industry to keep the wheels turning, keeping factories working and putting food on people’s tables.

Central to keeping wheels turning is an effective strategy for tyres - and just how operators have been approaching the issue is highlighted in the latest research report from Commercial Motor and sister title Motor Transport.

The ‘Hot Topic: Repair, Maintenance & Tyre Management Report 2021' found that tyres are rated as a critical area of operational investment for fleet operators – chosen by a massive 73%.

Making the right choices can have a big impact on operational costs and the survey examines different acquisition strategies such as pay-as-you-go and pence-per-kilometre.

The survey goes on to look at attitudes to technological developments such as low-rolling-resistance tyres.

This research also explores how operators keep their fleets in tip-top shape, the workshop equipment and parts they deem essential and how they make key decisions around their maintenance strategies.

“The  ‘Hot Topic: Repair, Maintenance & Tyre Management Report 2021' provides key insights into operators’ strategies in this critical area,” said CM events and project editor Hayley Pink.

“Ensuring the right strategy is in place for repair and maintenance is vital to ensure fleets are kept moving and downtime is minimised. Keeping wheels and tyres in tip-top condition is also essential from both a compliance perspective and to avoid any unexpected purchase or repair bills.”

You can download the report free of charge today.

Totalkare supplies Crouch Recovery with a Y-MECH Lift

Crouch Recovery has expanded the vehicle lifting capabilities at its Leicestershire workshop with the addition of a Y-MECH Lift from Totalkare.

Designed to accommodate the Kibworth-based firm’s 70-strong light and heavy recovery vehicle feet, it has a 35,000kg lifting capacity, 13m platforms, and extra-long approach ramps and jacking beam. The lift also features rollover and roll-back protection and mechanical safety latches to provide maximum safety when a vehicle is raised.

“We’ve been very pleased with the flexibility offered by our cable-free mobile column lifts from Totalkare, but felt we needed to complement these with a permanent vehicle lifting bay to optimise efficiencies in the workshop,” said Adam Crouch, director at Crouch Recovery. “Totalkare’s new Y-MECH Lift is ideal for this. It can lift our full fleet of vehicles thanks to the long platform length and load capacity and we’re already seeing the benefits of this installation.”