TPMS has a big role to play in CSR, according to Tyrepal
The heavy fleet and industrial vehicle markets are two sectors in which questions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and environmental impact are particularly important. Despite this, it is rare for fleet managers to consider purchasing additional technologies that would improve both, such as tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). Here Peter Tillotson, business development manager of TyrePal, explains why fleet managers should consider TPMS alongside more conventional energy saving methods.
Tyre failure is the biggest preventable cause of breakdown in commercial vehicles. Punctures frequently go unnoticed until a breakdown occurs. An early warning from a TPMS means fleet managers can take action before service is disrupted and permanent damage is done.
One third of a commercial vehicle’s fuel is used in overcoming tyre-rolling resistance, but this figure increases dramatically if tyres are under-inflated. This is a serious issue if the problem spans across an entire fleet.
Fossil fuels power the majority of vehicles on UK roads. Many of the environmental problems we face today are a result of fossil fuel dependence, so it’s important to use them as efficiently as possible.
Carbon dioxide is amongst the gases emitted when fossil fuels are burned. It is responsible for trapping heat inside the earth’s atmosphere, causing global warming. The burning of fossil fuels has also been linked to increased levels of atmospheric methane and nitrous oxide.
That’s why fleet companies have been building tyre pressure management into their CSR policy. As well as helping companies comply with their CSR policy, there are other benefits for fleet managers. Systems continue to check vehicles while they are parked, saving the driver time on walk-around checks. They also reduce breakdowns, as drivers are given a warning if they incur a puncture while driving. This helps drivers avoid missing delivery slots and improve customer service. It also reduces the amount of hours lost through breakdown.