Kerr’s Tyres Group has announced its purchase of GM Tyres in Tandragee, Northern Ireland. The Antrim-based company says this acquisition “marks a significant milestone for Kerr’s Tyres Group” that further solidifies its “commitment to providing proven products and services to its customers.”
Wholesaler Tyre Call has gained approval for a new storage and distribution warehouse at its Antrim, Northern Ireland site. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Planning Committee has approved plans for the building of a 7,361 square metre distribution warehouse.
With the opening of a new distribution centre in Ballymena, Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) anticipates much swifter tyre deliveries to garages in Northern Ireland. The facility is located at the site of the former Michelin tyre plant, which closed in 2018, and will create up to 16 new jobs by the end of the year.
Northern Ireland’s Vehicle Policy Unit at the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is banning tyres aged 10 years and older on the front axles of HGV’s, buses and coaches, and to the tyres on all axles of minibuses when fitted in single configuration. The changes being implemented in Northern Ireland will align with the changes introduced in Great Britain (GB) on 1 February 2021.
The Department for Transport (DfT) banned truck tyres over 10 years old with effect from 1 February 2021. Now, in Northern Ireland, the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) are “seeking views on proposals with a view to introducing similar legislation in the North of Ireland”. Specifically, DfI are inviting relevant stakeholders and the public to respond to this consultation. The scope of the consultation covers “heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches and minibuses”. And the consultation is aimed at owners and operators of those vehicles as well as those involved in the “manufacture, provision and/or maintenance of tyres for these vehicle types”.
Anvil Tyre Centre, owned and managed by brothers Daniel and Kyle Wethers, has moved into a new MOT servicing and tyre repair depot in Dromore, Northern Ireland following a six-figure investment supported by Ulster Bank. The move will create two new full-time equivalent jobs when fully operational. As a result, Anvil Tyre Centre is vacating its former trading premises on the Lurgan Road.
Milenco by Padgetts Honda rider Davey Todd recorded Supersport and the headline Race of Legends victories on Dunlop tyres at the Armoy Road Races in Northern Ireland. The British rider also set a new average speed record to round off a dominant event. Most Dunlop riders used the fully slick KR109 and KR106 front and KR108 rear tyres in the Race of Legends, while the treaded D213 Pro was used in other classes.
Kerr’s Tyres Group has celebrated its 20th anniversary with its very first customer. Originally opening as Kerr’s Tyres in 2002 with a staff of three, the company has expanded both its scale and the range of services it offers over the last two decades.
The proposal that MOT testing in Northern Ireland should move from annual to biennial testing has stirred up a variety of opinions among the trade and the public and, over the past weeks, National Franchised Dealers Association Northern Ireland (NFDA NI) has drawn attention to the issues currently facing the MOT system in Northern Ireland and the Department for Infrastructure’s proposals for biennial testing.
Kerr’s Tyres Group opened its 20th tyre centre in Bangor, County Down on Monday 3 January 2022. The opening of branch number 20 is the latest in a string of announcements in recent years that have “propelled the group’s expansion”. And what’s more, according to an official statement, the organisation aims to announce further expansion plans in the coming months.
During our recent visit to Magowan’s T&A met with founder Darryl Magowan Snr., Darryl Magowan Jnr, David Magowan and IT manager Ben Tinsley who gave us a guided tour around the bespoke newbuild warehouse and who also explained the thinking that has gone into the project.
NFDA Northern Ireland has responded to Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure’s consultation on proposals to carry out MOT tests every two years. Sue Robinson, NFDA NI chief executive said that moving to biennial testing “is not the correct solution to the issues currently facing the NI Testing Scheme.” She said that the solution to current capacity issues should not come “at the expense of road safety.” The proposals were put forward earlier this year with the region’s MOT testing capacity struggling to keep pace with demand.