Why have so many changes occurred with tyre management on HGV’s?
In 2021 we saw the ban of 10 year old tyres, then more recently the advice on buying part worn tyres and the upcoming changes for free rolling tyres at annual tests, so it’s fair to say in the last few years there’s been a lot of focus on and changes to tyres fitted to heavy vehicles.
And the question still remains, why is this?
Well, a clear issue remains that tyre problems rank way too high on the list of most common vehicle defects that are picked up on annual tests.
It is integral to ensure your vehicle is safe by making sure tyres are properly fitted and legal.
There is an available guide to maintaining roadworthiness, which details valuable insight into good tyre management systems and is a vital read for any operator, transport manager, maintenance provider and driver.
With another change coming from the 1st of April, free rolling tyres fitted to front steering axles will be treated as a major failure at annual tests, so with not long to go until these changes are introduced, now is the best time to refresh your minds on good tyre management.
It is important to understand the key points of forming and strong management system and these are as follows:
- Suitability to vehicle and operating conditions
- Age recording and monitoring
- Defect recording on all safety inspections
- Pressure monitoring and recording on safety inspection reports
- Inspection for damage and wear.
All staff with the responsibility of maintaining tyre management should be properly trained and have authority to make decisions.
Technicians should be trained and qualified, while drivers should be properly trained and equipped to recognise and report any tyre issues.
Poor tyre management can lead to prohibitions at the roadside and failure of MOT.
Does your fleet have a good tyre management system?
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