The project has also saved an estimated 60,546 litres of fuel, marking a significant contribution to carbon reduction and fleet efficiency – to the tune of 143.7 tonnes of CO2.
A sample of some 100 cars and vans inspected by Michelin in the latest study found average tyre pressures accurate to within less than 0.1% across the fleet, compared with under-inflation by an average of 15.2% in 2011 when the project started.
Hence the full-life assessment for tyres, compared with tyre life previously reduced by as much as 10% as a result of operating under-inflated.
The results, says Angloian fleet maintenance workshop controller David Leggett, have been achieved by educating employees about the importance of tyre pressure maintenance.
“The relationship with Michelin is not just about them selling us tyres and walking away,” comments Leggett.
“It’s about their continued proactive work and innovation to help us to achieve our goals... Michelin has sustained its focus and delivered tangible savings to our fleet every year.”
Key to the success of this project has been the delivery of a training module by Michelin, for use by managers at all levels to educate staff about the impact tyre pressures have on the environment, fuel efficiency and tyre life.
Michelin has also provided tyre inflation posters to display in Anglian Water’s offices and workshops, as well as content for its intranet.
Michelin’s fleet team have also instigated an annual ‘Fill Up With Air’ roadshow at premises across the business, with employees invited to make a pitstop as they arrive or depart from the site.