The owner of a Devon recycling firm will have to pay £2,590 in costs after illegally exporting used car tyres to Vietnam. Paul Avery was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the case which was brought by the Environment Agency (EA). EA officers visited Hill Barton Business Park near Exeter on 12 May 2011 and reportedly discovered thousands of waste tyres at a premises trading as Avery Tyre Recycling. Some had already been made up into bales whiles others were in loose piles.
As of September the use of part-worn passenger car and motorcycle tyres will no longer be permitted in the United Arab Emirates. This decision was announced by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) on 15 March as part of a range on measures intended to regulate the whole tyre life cycle.
A Chesterfield man received a suspended prison sentence after illegally storing thousands of tyres and transporting some of them to Vietnam. Andrew Revell appeared at Derby Crown Court on 27 January and admitted five charges in relation to an illegal waste operation called Revco Recycling Limited, which he ran from a unit on the former GKN site in Sheepsbridge, Chesterfield. The case was brought against Revell by the Environment Agency, and the 50-year old was sentenced to a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years on each of the five charges, ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay full court costs of £9,578.75.
Alba Diagnostics has launched the new ALB30920 EOBD Black Box Data Recorder which the company began exclusively distributing at the start of 2012. According to the company, this ultra-compact all-in-one vehicle and driving performance management system continuously logs all engine parameters.
Only last week Continental announced plans to run a joint venture operation with Korea’s SK Innovation to develop, manufacture and market lithium ion batteries systems for electric vehicles; now the German company has released a few figures outlining why it sees so much potential in the electric vehicle market. As long as the price is right.
Roadside service provider Mondial Assistance shares that cost is a major factor putting UK motorists off purchasing winter tyres. In a recent 200-person survey it conducted, just under two thirds of respondents said they do not intend to fit winter tyres to their vehicles; from this group, 46 per cent said they won’t fit winter tyres as they cost too much money.
Two siblings from Doncaster who ran an illegal waste tyre business which was later destroyed in an arson attack were sentenced to nine months in prison at Sheffield Crown Court on 23 December 2011. Jane Hopkins (45) and David Squire (31) both received the sentence. Between them Jane Hopkins and David Squire had pleaded guilty to six charges related to the illegal storage of tyres.
Tyretrade Ltd held an environmental permit since September 2008, but, according to the Environment Agency (EA) had never operated within its terms, as there was always more than the agreed number of tyres on their Whitlea Grove site. The company came to the attention of the EA on 13 January 2009 when Environment Agency officers visited the site and told Hopkins and Squire that action would be taken to revoke their permit on the 30th of that month if steps were not taken to reduce the amount of tyres. Three days later Hopkins, Squire, and Tyretrade Ltd were convicted at Doncaster Magistrates Court, for previous offences related to the depositing, keeping and treating of tyres. They both received conditional discharges of two years. The company was fined a total of £24,000. The company then went into voluntary liquidation.
Do not pass Go…it’s straight to jail for the man the Environment Agency has dubbed the “million tyre man.” The agency reports that Carl David Steele, operator of Lincolnshire-based FCM Logistics (Tyres) Ltd, received a 15 month sentence on November 7 after pleading guilty to six offences and two further offences on behalf of his company, which is now in liquidation. All charges relate to the illegal storage of hundreds of thousands of tyres at environmentally sensitive locations in Essex, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Worcestershire and Lincolnshire.
On the same day as fellow French car manufacturer Peugeot, Citroën has launched its of a new Winter Tyre Programme. The programme includes a free winter vehicle check and storage for the summer tyres at an approved Tyre Hotel.
Stowmarket specialist tyre supplier Fieldens has entered the world of stadium-bothering pop music once again, five years after supplying a series of large Bead Cheetah storage cylinders to a Rolling Stones tour. This time Fieldens helped Take That stage their extravagant tour centrepiece; a 60’ robot named OM.
Hankook Tire America has officially opened a new distribution centre in New Jersey, reports Tire Review. The new 400-000-square-foot warehouse is Hankook’s fifth in the US – the others are located in Tennessee, Texas, Illinois and California – and it will service customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The centre’s opening ceremony was attended by some 100 guests, including Hankook Tire America President Soo Il Lee, Frank Gambatese, the mayor of South Brunswick, and Hankook dealers and employees.
With sales exceeding forecast this year, The Trade Group has opened a new warehouse and headquarters building at Shepshed near Loughborough and in support, a new Trade Garage Equipment Limited sales, technical, administration and warehouse team will be in installed from the 1st October to meet the increased demand.
As part of its service provision that to farm tyre customers, Goodyear has put together some top tips for storing your harvester for the winter. Phil Stanton, Goodyear’s Farm Manager said: “It is important for farmers to store their harvesters in a good, sheltered place for the winter. Ensuring that a harvester remains lubricated and internally dry can mean there is less time wasted in the new year and a smaller risk of problems developing through the cold season.”
ATS Euromaster marked the end of the summer holiday period by opening its network of tyre hotels. The retailer is marketing the idea by suggesting that motorists can check-in their summer tyres for a winter break, while they enjoy the benefits cold weather tyres offer when temperatures drop below seven degrees Celsius. ATS-E states that it expects rooms at the hotels to be popular, given current weather predictions, and the desire not to be caught out for the third winter season running.
Some people are slow to learn, others don’t seem to learn at all. The Lincolnshire Echo has reported a case where the second of these may well apply – that of Carl Steele, a man who must have tested the Environment Agency’s patience.