Bus operator Rotala has signed up to Michelin solutions’ EFFITIRES™ tyre management programme, ruling the comprehensive system as just the ticket for its 650 single- and double-deckers.
The five-year pence-per-mile contract covers the combined fleet of Rotala’s five subsidiary bus operations: Diamond Bus, Diamond Bus North West, Hallmark Connections, Preston Bus and Wessex Bus, plus a number of smaller companies and local transport firms.
Simon Dunn, Rotala’s Chief Executive, says: “Rotala has expanded rapidly, acquiring fleets and operations around the country; as such, we’ve also acquired a number of different tyre policies and supply networks. This situation became something of a headache, and we quickly realised that Rotala needed one, unified, efficient programme to handle our tyre management requirements around the country. Michelin solutions’ EFFITIRES™ fits the bill perfectly.”
Michelin solutions’ dedicated team of business support personnel, auditors and technicians will help ensure the tyres fitted to the fleets of Rotala’s subsidiary operations are serviced to the highest possible standards.
The company will also maintain a shared action plan, developed with Rotala and its five brands, to ensure continued harmonised operations, which eases the administrative burden of managing a diverse, widespread and busy fleet.
Dunn adds: “The support of Michelin solutions’ ‘embedded’ account team is invaluable, as are the regular, in-depth reports the programme generates. Overall, EFFITIRES™ provides peace of mind, and allows us to focus on our core business – getting passengers safely and comfortably from A to B.”
Under the EFFITIRES™ contract, Michelin solutions will supply the company’s premium fitments to Rotala, whose tyre fitters will handle all replacement work in-house.
Michelin solutions will also carry out fleet-wide tyre safety inspections as part of the agreement, ensuring Rotala is getting the most from its Michelin fitments in terms of safety, longevity and durability.
Rotala’s fleet sports a variety of high-quality Michelin urban bus tyres, which feature reinforced sidewalls to protect against kerbing and cut down on wheel interventions and downtime.
Rotala was formed in 2005, and has grown rapidly through the acquisition of local coach and bus operations. The company employs more than 1,250 members of staff across the country, and its registered bus services carry more than 29 million passengers every year.
About Michelin solutions
Michelin solutions was established as a new entity within the Michelin Group in May 2013, replacing the entity previously known in the UK as Michelin Fleet Solutions. It currently employs around 800 people globally and is responsible for in excess of 300,000 vehicles currently on contract. Michelin solutions is dedicated to designing, developing and commercialising solutions for fleets of trucks, buses, coaches, cars and vans. Its solutions are aimed at fleets wanting to improve their efficiency, productivity, and environmental footprint, in a global and customised way.
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