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.

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S&J Haulage opts for Tiger's lightweight trailers

Leicestershire-based S&J Haulage has expanded its fleet with the delivery of 15 lightweight tri-axle curtainsiders from Tiger Trailers. The trailers were developed in conjunction with Tata Steel and were built at the company’s state-of-the-art £22m factory in Cheshire. 

Tiger identified the need for lighter clearspan curtainsiders two years ago, and last year worked with Tata to resolve this. Tata supplied Tiger with a premium steel twice the strength used in standard trailers, which meant far less steel was required for supports and resulted in a weight saving of approximately 500kg. 

The result is one of the lightest 4.35m tri-axle clearspan curtainsiders available in the UK, with a payload of up to 29 tonnes on certain configurations. All the new trailers are EN12462XL-compliant and FORS silver accredited, and Tiger is working on gold accreditation. 

S&J MD Steve Haines said: “We knew Tiger Trailers had been co-operating with Tata to develop a lightweight trailer. We are impressed with how Tiger worked with us to deliver an exacting specification that optimises our operation. It’s likely we’ll be forming a long-term partnership with the team in Winsford.”

The trailers have a pillarless, clearspan design and roof-mounted load restraints, which are crucial for secure loading of Jeld-Wen products, one of S&J’s longest-established customers that produce windows and doors. 

“We’re often loading full-height Jeld-Wen wood products,” said Haines, “and the sliding load restraint system makes life easier, faster, and much safer for drivers securing loads.”

S&J’s curtainsiders will be joined shortly by three double-deck boxvan trailers from Tiger Trailers, following recent contract wins for S&J’s European operations. 
Based in Melton Mowbray, Palletline member S&J Haulage runs a 40-strong fleet and specialises in general haulage, European deliveries and UK overnight distribution. It runs Mercedes-Benz and Iveco trucks, although the fleet largely comprises Scania trucks, and it recently acquired four more R-series 6x2 tractor units.