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While trucking companies are looking to save money, tyre service providers are under pressure for them to do so.

Fuel: up to 30% of costs

Road transport savings not only depend on fixed costs (salaries, loan repayments, structural costs ...), they also depend on several variables that can be improved to increase a company’s profitability. Fleet monitoring, on-line management, fixed mileage rate are the main innovations of what is known as fleet management.However, these are not the only services these providers have on offer.

Among the variable costs, the fuel bill may account for up to 30 % of expenses, whereas tyre equipment for a semi-trailer may exceed10 000 euros. Yet, a sound management of tyres may potentially offer significant fuel savings. An opportunity, killing two birds with one stone, that fleet managers have grasped.


Managing tyres to consume less

Maintaining the correct tyre pressureis the key for optimum efficiency. Not only does it avoid overconsumption, but tyre wear is also slower and better, i.e. more regular, for better retreadabilityand a longer service life. This is why it is recommended to check tyre pressures once a fortnight.
But between two checks, a pressure loss in a tyre can easily go unnoticed, particularly on an inside wheel. As part of their fleet monitoring services, tyre manufacturers such as Michelin, Bridgestone, Continental with ContiPressureCheck, or even Pirelli offer to install a pressure and temperature sensor inside each tyre. Depending on the type of device or contract, the information collected by these sensors can be recovered either upon request via a near field radio connection (RFID), or transferred in real time to the fleet manager through a connected device installed on board the truck. In the event of a pressure drop or abnormal temperature, the truck professional is notified immediately and can act accordingly.

To promote the efficiency of their range of fleet management solutions, certain tyre manufacturers do not hesitate to commit themselves to targets. For example, with Effifuel,  Michelin Solutions mentions a reduction of 2.1 % in the total cost of ownership, i.e. 3,200 euros net per year in fuel for a truck driving 120,000 km for long haul transport, or 2,400 euros for a vehicle driving 90,000 km per year for regional transport.  According to the manufacturer, this is enough for a company at breakeven point to return to profit.
Furthermore, as part of the Eco-tax that penalises vehicles with the highest CO2 emissions per kilometre driven, managing fuel consumption is of critical importance.


Monthly fee for peace of mind  

We have seen the high budget involved in buying tyres. Hence, the importance of global management: an activity report and reliable fleet monitoring to accurately predict the trucking company’s needs in terms of tyres and therefore spread the cost over the year. Just like paying a monthly electricity bill, the amount is adjusted on the basis of the annual statement.

This is precisely the aim of the monthly payment service set up by service providers such as First Stop with its Carte Grise (vehicle registration document)contract, Euromaster as part of its Premium fleet monitoring contract or even Taquipneu with its Taquipro solution. After an audit, the service provider and the truck company agree on a provisional monthly budget for the coming year. After a year, the data is analysed and compared with the budget. Once any difference is settled, the budget is adjusted for the next twelve months, if necessary.
Besides smoothing the financial burden, this type of service also provides the truck company with a detailed analysis of its tyre and fuel expenditure, levers on which the company may take action.

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