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Smart motorways dangerous for recovery workers

Smart motorways dangerous for recovery workers

11th March 2019 | 0 Comments

One key outcome of the establishment of both PROF and the Roadside Rescue and Recovery APPG is that Sir Mike Penning committed to reviewing the safety of so-called "smart motorways". His speech within the houses of Parliament at the launch of PROF saw the Sir Mike admit the information he had when he was one of the MPs that signed off on smart motorways did not reflect the correct situation.

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MPs announce safety inquiry at Westminster Professional Recovery Operators Federation launch

MPs announce safety inquiry at Westminster Professional Recovery Operators Federation launch

14th February 2019 | 0 Comments

The recovery industry has joined together to form the Professional Recovery Operators Federation (PROF), which was launched at an event in the Houses of Parliament on 12 February. PROF focusses on representing the interests of professional recovery operators in Westminster.

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NTDA becomes stakeholder in Slow Down Move Over UK Group

NTDA becomes stakeholder in Slow Down Move Over UK Group

3rd January 2019 | 0 Comments

The NTDA has become a stakeholder in the Slow Down Move Over (SDMO) UK campaign group joining longstanding campaign members such as LV=Britannia Rescue and Call Assist.

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NTDA REACT achieves 5000th certificate milestone

NTDA REACT achieves 5000th certificate milestone

21st September 2018 | 0 Comments

The NTDA Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians (REACT) scheme hit a new milestone on Tuesday 18 September when Commercial Tyre Technician Keiran Smith of Lodge Tyre Company in Stafford received the 5000th certificate and Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside at Lodge House, the company’s impressive corporate headquarters in Stafford. Smith, who is from Worcester and works at Lodge Tyre’s Droitwich depot on Berryhill Industrial Estate, was trained by Roadside Safety Training UK Ltd one of the founding members of the REACT scheme.

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Bridgestone opens full-time commercial tyre training facility at Horiba Mira

Bridgestone opens full-time commercial tyre training facility at Horiba Mira

16th April 2018 | 0 Comments

The need to increase the volume of training in the tyre industry, helping both to achieve uniformly better standards of service and for businesses to work to retain staff through training and qualifications, has increased, Bridgestone commercial and marketing director John Folliss tells Tyres & Accessories. More reasons for enhancing training programmes include the changes in skill base brought about by both new technology and legislation.

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NTDA: accreditation scheme widening to include other tyre segments

21st June 2017 | 0 Comments

Since the launch of the Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians (REACT) scheme in 2011 more than 4000 commercial tyre technicians have registered with the NTDA been trained, assessed as competent and issued with a Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside across the UK and, more recently, the Republic of Ireland.

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NTDA: over 4000 commercial tyre technicians hold REACT licences

NTDA: over 4000 commercial tyre technicians hold REACT licences

14th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Since the launch of the Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians (REACT) scheme in 2011 more than 4000 commercial tyre technicians have registered with the NTDA been trained, assessed as competent and issued with a Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside across the UK and, more recently, the Republic of Ireland.

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Bridgestone offers new licence to commercial tyre technicians

Bridgestone offers new licence to commercial tyre technicians

21st February 2017 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone has become the first tyre manufacturer to offer the Society of Operations Engineers’ (SOE) Commercial Tyre Technician Licence to employees of fleets across the UK. The company said the licence would raise standards and improve uniformity in the commercial tyre industry. Attaining the licence requires the completion of three practical assessments and an online test. It aims to regulate the industry and provide best practice with an approved standard that everyone can aspire to achieve. The licence is currently being rolled out, and Bridgestone UK development trainers Phil Thirsk and Paul Turner passed rigorous tests in October to become qualified assessors.

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ATS Euromaster ‘delighted’ with 2nd successive NTDA technician award

ATS Euromaster ‘delighted’ with 2nd successive NTDA technician award

12th October 2016 | 0 Comments

ATS Euromaster group operations director Peter Tye has expressed his “delight” at technician Lee Hayman being made the 2016 REACT Roadside Technician of the Year during the NTDA's Tyre Industry Awards. It is the second successive time that an ATS Euromaster technician has won the award.

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Tyre Industry Award winners 2016

Tyre Industry Award winners 2016

7th October 2016 | 0 Comments

The Tyre Industry Awards have been presented for 2016 during the sold-out NTDA Annual Dinner, this year hosted by the Vox Conference Centre on the site of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. In addition to the various gongs, the NTDA presented Sir Tom Farmer with the National Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Tyre Industry, sponsored by Hankook UK, while Brian Funnell and Lennie Wells were also made NTDA Honorary Life Members. Presented by television personality Suzi Perry, the winners were decided by a panel of leading industry judges, and the results live-tweeted by Tyrepress via its Twitter feed.

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Fair Distribution of Service

29th November 2007 | 0 Comments

This year’s NTDA Tyre Wholesaler’s Group (TWG) lunch in November continued in the tradition of recent years, with thought provoking speeches on interesting industry topics. TWG chairman, Ashley Croft focused on the subjects of manufacturer distribution and tyre safety policy. Referring back to his comments on the subject 12 months ago, Ashley croft opened by querying Christian Salvesen’s intention to become the sole logistics supplier to the tyre trade: “I wonder if their report of a 19 per cent profit fall, attributed to higher than anticipated start-up costs on distribution deals with tyre makers, has caused a rethink to the attractiveness of their stated strategy. From the point of view of companies receiving delivery from this logistics supplier, they still have a long way to go before they reach the level of quality of distribution achieved by any of the UK wholesalers. (In June Tyres & Accessories reported that profits at Christian Salvesen fell 19 per cent, at least partly due to the higher than expected start-up costs encountered in its distribution deal with Goodyear Dunlop and Continental Tyre Group in the UK. At the time, the news extended the UK transport division's operating losses to £4.6 million for the year. By 2 October, Groupe Norbert Dentressangle had offered to buy it.) Ashley Croft continued: “Kwik-Fit also believe they can distribute their own requirements more efficiently and at less cost than outside logistics companies with their planned new distribution hub. As wholesalers, we must be careful to ensure we do not then further subsidise the manufacturers true cost of distribution to smaller retailers. We have already witnessed a narrowing of terms between smaller retailers, and ourselves that I do not believe truly reflects the cost to serve. I am sure that in the negotiations between manufacturers and their logistics suppliers, rates will be increasing rather than decreasing, and should be passed on in accordance with the high cost that small volume deliveries incur.” ‘It’s a penguin; it won’t fly’ From here Croft drew parallels with the 1991 proposed generic ‘Tread Carefully’ campaign, designed to promote the publics awareness of 1.6mm tread legislation: “I believe that Chuck Davies, sales director for Michelin at the time, was being prophetic about our industry in general when he made his well publicised comments about this campaign, ‘it's a penguin; it won't fly,’ in a reference to the apparent impossibility of the manufacturers working together and with the various sectors of the industry.” Croft observed: “The politics of our various organisations and the members they represent do not apparently permit working together for the common good.” And this, of course, has implications on recent projects to paint an accurate picture of the UK replacement market: “Our net replacement market in the UK has, I believe, grown substantially over the last two years - and I recognise that this is not shown in ERMC statistics.” (At this point it is worth mentioning that NTDA members have recently been cooperating with one of the world’s leading market research firms, GfK, to produce what sound like a fascinating sell-out market report. Initial conversations with GfK representatives suggest that this project could represent some of the most accurate “sell-out” sales data so far seen on the UK market, going down to size and speed rating. Initial results are expected in January 2008. Keep an eye on Tyres & Accessories magazine and www.tyrepress.com for more details on this). Ashley Croft continued his speech: “Tyre manufacturer surveys tell us that ‘brand,’ and ‘trust in the brand’ are major influences upon the decision making processes of tyre buyers. The dramatic growth of brands such as Linglong, Jintong, Infinity, Maxxis, Sunny, Wanli et al would suggest there is a different over-riding influence; that of price! Let me be perfectly clear: as a wholesaler, I would much rather sell a major brand product at £75 than a budget brand product at £25. Personally, I am also not happy to see such a low market share position held by the major brands. There is, however, a seemingly insatiable appetite for budget brands in this country, a point that does not appear to have been missed by the ETRMA. Concluding Croft said: “Until such time as we are able to work together as a cohesive industry we shall never be able to effectively communicate our message to the buying public…I believe we should take the comments of Chuck Davis from 1991 as a challenge, and not an epitaph.

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