Safer tyres motorway project extended on M6

first_imgA three-month trial service enabling coach drivers to quickly check tyre pressures has been extended until 31 December.Highways England, Welcome Break and drive-over tyre technology developers WheelRight are offering the free service at Keele Services (southbound), Staffordshire.Keele was chosen because this area of the M6 is particularly prone to tyre-related incidents. The project, launched in April, now tests 1,000 vehicles a week.Under the scheme, drivers stopping for a break can drive their vehicle through dedicated sensor stations that instantly assess each vehicle’s actual tyre pressures. The sensors provide a printout detailing the inflation of every tyre.The process takes 30 seconds with the sensor stations offering a self-service facility – although WheelRight’s on-site ambassadors are on hand to offer help.Says Highways England Incident Prevention Manager John Walford: “The primary cause of commercial vehicle tyre failure is under inflation. Tyre-related problems are a major factor behind routine breakdowns and other, more serious incidents.”last_img

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