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WheelRight motorway tyre pressure checking scheme extended

WR logo1A safer roads service that allows car, van and lorry drivers to quickly check their vehicle’s tyre pressures before resuming motorway journeys has been extended until the end of the year. The  3-month project  was so successful – with more than 1,000 vehicles being tested a week – that the decision was taken to continue the scheme through to Thursday 31 December.

Highways England, teamed up with motorway services operator Welcome Break and  Begbroke Science Park’s drive-over tyre technology developers WheelRight Ltd to run the free service between junctions 16 and 15 of the incident-prone southbound M6 at Keele in Staffordshire.

Under the scheme, drivers stopping off for a break at the services can drive their lorry or car through one of two dedicated sensor stations which instantly assess each vehicle’s actual tyre pressures. The sensors then provide the driver with a printout detailing the inflation of every tyre. The whole process takes just 30 seconds.

John Catling, CEO of Wheelright (pictured, right), said:

wheelright-jc-tight-crop“We have taken thousands of tyre pressure readings and have collated some shocking statistics which reveal the true extent of our tyre neglect.”

“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 on our motorways and major A roads, leading to congestion, injuries and in some cases fatalities,” commented John Walford, Highways England’s incident prevention manager.

Rob Mckie, chief executive officer at Welcome Break, added: “We aim to be at the forefront of our sector and ensure customers have a high quality experience at our sites every time. Part of this is ensuring drivers are ready to continue their journeys safely after they leave us which is why WheelRight was such an interesting opportunity.

Read the full report from Tyrepress.com

Joanna Grant