Stoke-on-Trent City Council refuse collection department picks Giti GT867 Urban

After a successful single vehicle trial conducted since the start of the year, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s refuse collection department has opted to fit the Giti GT867 across its fleet. The urban all-position tyre in size 315/80R22.5 has reinforced sidewalls, a feature popular in the waste and urban commercial sectors, which are well suited to the council’s Dennis Eagle fleet of 4×2 and 6×2 domestic waste and 6×2 trade waste configurations.

Barry Machin, workshop operations manager at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “As a rule new urban tyres do not have a kerbing band, and we trialled several manufacturers but found we were scrapping tyres with three-quarter tread on them as the sidewall had perished.

“The GT867 has reinforced sidewalls on both sides of the tyre, so when the wear indicator shows the correct time we can simply rotate. This means the tyre has a second life, and due to the very rugged casing there is far more mileage used on the tread. Ultimately this means we are getting an excellent financial return.

“This is an exceptional tyre that has lasted far longer than anything we have used before.”

Specially designed for constant stop and go operating conditions with frequent changes in speed as well as direction, the GT867 is also aimed at single and double decker buses and is available in 11R22.5, 295/80R22.5, 305/70R22.5 and 315/80R22.5. Load capacity ranges from 148/145 to 158/150.

Reinforced sidewalls protect the tyre from kerbing damage and abrasion while a wear indicator shows the correct time to rotate or remove from service. In addition a very wide tread pattern with deep grooves provides excellent mileage and an advanced tread block and siping reduces noise and improves comfort. All four sizes are M+S marked to indicate all-season traction and braking properties.

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