The new vehicles join a total fleet of 160 trucks and 125 trailers operating on a 100% Michelin tyre policy – alongside the firm’s 10 specialist crane recovery trucks, which recover breakdowns and accident-damaged vehicles for Highways England from stretches of the M6 and M42 motorways.
Shaun Clarke, director at N.S. Clarke Transport, says: “Our work can be fairly aggressive, with our short-length tippers and tankers operating fully-freighted more than 85% of the time, which puts a lot of demands on our tyres.”
“We always get impressive results with Michelin tyres which is why we pay a little extra to ensure we get them as original equipment. It’s money well spent, particularly when you factor in the tyre guarantee.
Key to its decision to specify Michelin was the manufacturer’s accidental damage guarantee, which provides financial protection in the event a tyre is damaged before it is 50% worn. The guarantee is available on both original equipment and replacement tyres, provided they are registered on the Michelin MyAccount web portal within one month of purchase.
The company operates a multi-life Michelin policy, sending worn casings back to Michelin for retreading into Michelin Remix tyres, which offer virtually the same performance as new Michelin tyres – but cost around 40% less, according to Michelin. The firm’s worn Remix casings also hold a value for the customer, which sells them back to Michelin for remoulding as Encore retreads – ensuring the company has no end-of-life casings to dispose of.
All tyres are supplied by Tructyre ATS and fitted by N.S. Clarke Transport’s own tyre fitters.
Alongside its recovery vehicles, N.S. Clarke Transport operates a fleet of bulk tippers, bulk tankers, curtainsiders, flatbeds and a range of standard and temperature-controlled vans.