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NHS Trust could save over £20,000 from correct tyre pressures

Date: 12 December 2013   |   Author: Will Stretton

The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has found that it could save £21,750 per year in fuel savings if all employees made sure their tyres were at the correct pressure.

The discovery was made after Michelin visited the Yorkshire Trust to test the condition of employees' tyres on behalf of Volkswagen Group Leasing, the approved vehicle supplier for the NHS.

Out of the 75 cars tested, technicians found 15 cars (20%) which had at least one tyre 'dangerously' or 'very dangerously' under-inflated, while a further 24% of tyres were classed as 'acceptable' - up to 7psi under-inflated. Meanwhile, 49% of tyres tested were at the correct pressure, an improvement on the national average of 28%.

Leigh Hancock, the Trust's fleet manager, said: "Now we know how much of a difference tyre pressure can make we will make a concerted effort to encourage all staff to take action. It's such a simple step but the savings clearly add up"

Dave Crinson, Michelin's head of fleet, said: "Correcting tyre pressures is a simple task that can save a lot of money, not to mention the hugely positive impact it can have on safety and the environment.

"Imagine how much the whole NHS could save if all staff paid close attention to their tyres"

Marco Capozzoli, Volkswagen Group Leasing's public sector sales manager, said: "Michelin are currently our first choice tyre fitment policy but whatever tyres you have it is so important to maintain the correct pressures.

"This event has shown a significant amount of savings could be made, and we will be supporting the Trust in their efforts to educate staff about the importance of tyre pressures."