Iveco Farnborough gets IRTE nod

Iveco Retail’s flagship Farnborough dealership, which opened in 2017 at the cost of £1.1m, has achieved IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) Workshop Accreditation.

The company hopes that by the end of the year, all four dealerships – which comprise of the former Grays sites at Croydon, Hayes and Reading – will secure the same standard.

The IRTE Workshop Accreditation has established itself as the gold standard to independently verify the expertise, health and safety and quality of HGV workshops. Various standards must be met in terms of appearance, documentation of work carried out, health and safety practices and on-site tools and equipment. 

There are now 225 accredited workshops in the UK, and operators are able to view each site’s facility information and range of services, and even vehicle test pass rates, RIDDOR stats and HSE notices on the website. 

“We’ve enjoyed a strong start to business since opening this new site and earning this accreditation was the natural next step. Customers are increasingly asking if we have this standard when appointing a new maintenance provider, so securing this seal of approval gives them confidence we meet the IRTE’s high standards”, explained Lee Hosier, group service manager at IVECO Retail.

“The IRTE accreditation looks at the procedure when a vehicle enters our workshop, through every stage of the service until the final inspection. All actions must be correct, equipment properly maintained and our MOT pass rate – currently 95.7% –above the national average.”

The 3,000metre2 dealership includes nine workshop bays from one tonne to 44 tonnes, with the site also featuring a dedicated ATF lane, MOT facilities, rolling road brake testing capability and tachograph calibration and repair facilities. 

The other three sites were acquired in 2013 by Iveco Retail – a subsidiary of Iveco UK - after the former dealer, Grays Truck & Van, fell into administration and the manufacturer stepped in to secure regional coverage, while the Farnborough site is the first purpose-built dealership.

Ronnie S Evans signs up its fleet to Effitrailer


Ronnie S Evans has signed its entire fleet of trailers up to Michelin’s dedicated trailer telematics system Effitrailer.

The decision was made on the back of a successful eight-month trial, whereby the system was fitted to 15 assets. During this time it alerted the operator to 45 instances of low tyre pressure. The Carmarthenshire-based haulier will now get the system fitted to its remaining 41 trailers on a three-year contract.

Company director Sion Evans said: “We recently had a driver collect a load and just 20 minutes into the journey I received an alert to say the pressure of one of the tyres 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 unnecessary downtime this would have brought.” Company Director, Sion Evans

“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.”

In addition to tyre pressure monitoring, Effitrailer provides the haulier with braking data analysis, the location of the trailers, each trailer’s mileage, the length of any periods of abnormal downtime, the unhooked or towed status of the asset, and whether the trailer is overloaded.

  • Tip-Ex Tank-Ex, taking place in Harrogate from 30 May - 1 June 2019 is the UK's must-attend event for operators in the dry bulk and liquid tanker sectors. You can register free on the website.