McGill’s Buses signs 5-year tyre management deal with Michelin solutions

McGill's Buses has signed up for five more years of the Michelin solutions tyre management programme

McGill’s Buses has signed a five-year extension to its Michelin solutions tyre management programme. The fleet operator said Michelin solutions’ “fantastic support” was a key factor in its decision to renew. The Effitires contract covers the operator’s 400-plus single and double-decker buses, and will see Michelin solutions supply, fit and service the operator’s Michelin tyres.

Ralph Roberts, managing director at McGill’s, says: “We’ve enjoyed fantastic support from Michelin solutions since appointing them to manage our tyres on a pence per kilometre basis in 2010. When the time came to review our tyre strategy, it was clear that extending our current Effitires contract was the best decision for the business.

“With Michelin solutions, we know our fleet is in expert hands. Plus, as we can keep track of the tyre costs we expect to face throughout the contract, we can focus purely on delivering an outstanding service to our customers.”

Roberts adds: “If a bus is off the road with a puncture, our customers’ journeys can be affected, so choosing the correct tyre policy and supplier is key. Michelin tyres have proven to be ideal for our fleet, offering impressive durability, reliability and safety, which helps us to run a reputable, dependable service.”

Working with an on-site engineer, Michelin solutions’ team helps to ensure all tyres fitted to the company’s fleet are serviced to the highest standards. It also regrooves all tyres across the customer’s fleet to make full use of the additional layers of base rubber built into every new Michelin tyre as standard. This process helps McGill’s to save money on fuel, as regrooving extends the life of the tyre in its most fuel-efficient state.

McGill’s also fits Michelin Remix retread tyres that help reduce its environmental footprint, as fewer new tyres need to be manufactured, and therefore fewer raw materials are consumed.

McGill’s operates from five depots in Barrhead, Coatbridge, Greenock, Inchinnan and Johnstone. Its 1,000 employees help customers complete more than half a million journeys each week across 110 different routes. The company is a Scottish Business Insider Top 500 company. The 2017 Top 500 saw the company move up an impressive 81 places in the league table, to position 268.

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