Highways England is undertaking live tests of a technology that could help reduce commercial vehicles tyre failures by 75% on the country’s strategic road network (SRN).
The transport authority says that the tests could improve safety and cut the economic cost caused by delays because of tyre-related incidents.
Having first assessed a pilot installation of WheelRight’s drive-over tyre management system at Keele Services (M6 southbound), Highways England is now running year-long tests of the technology with, John Lewis Partnership in Milton Keynes, AW Jenkinson Transport in Penirth and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA vehicle check site) in Cuerden.
The technology is a drive over tyre pressure, tyre tread and vehicle weighing system. As drivers approach the sensors, an ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) camera reads and records the vehicle registration and a second camera photographs the vehicle.
Highways England says that the purpose of the equipment is to provide information to the driver or the fleet or transport manager, and not to say whether the vehicle is or is not roadworthy.
Highways England’s incident prevention team leader, John Walford, said, ‘Our pilot tests with John Lewis, AW Jenkinson and the DVSA, funded through our Designated Fund for Innovation, are designed to demonstrate the value of the technology.’
‘Investing in and using technology is part of our long-term strategy to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. Reducing these tyre related issues also increases fleets operational efficiency by drastically cutting the number of emergency roadside call-outs seen by UK fleets,’ added Walford.