Hi-tech innovation monitors bus tyre safety

This Is Wiltshire: Dave Spencer, head of engineering at Thamesdown, left, with John Catling, chief executive officer of Wheelright Dave Spencer, head of engineering at Thamesdown, left, with John Catling, chief executive officer of Wheelright

THAMESDOWN Transport has bought an innovative device that monitors tyre pressures, improving the safety of passengers, bus drivers and depot mechanics alike.

The ground-breaking system has been developed in the UK by Oxford-based WheelRight.

The new system uses the latest technology to calculate tyre pressures, doing away with the need for manual checking. To check tyre pressures, Thamesdown’s maintenance team simply drive the buses over a flush mounted device embedded into the road that contains highly sensitive, yet robust sensors.

The WheelRight sensor is installed at the Barnfield Road depot, enabling pressures to be checked quickly and without the need for any additional equipment.

Head of engineering at Thamesdown, Dave Spencer, is confident that the system will help maintain the company’s high standards of passenger and employee safety as well as enhancing its environmental credentials.

He said: “With this new technology, our passengers can be assured of even greater safety on the road. More consistent tyre pressure monitoring will improve braking performance on our buses, reduce the time needed for tyre maintenance and improve the efficiency of our fleet. This smart piece of kit has also been proven to spot punctures before buses even leave the depot, thus enabling us to change or repair tyres before they become a problem.

“This has reduced the number of instances we’ve had to call out our service van in the event of tyre failures, which in turn has reduced disruptions to our services locally.

“Adopting the WheelRight system also reduces our impact on the environment, saving fuel, cutting CO2 emissions and reducing the number of tyres sent early to landfill.”

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7:20am Sat 15 Mar 14

dogchops says...

Well whoopie-do to the engineering department. No doubt this will be top news in the 'engineering' Update magazine .
Well whoopie-do to the engineering department. No doubt this will be top news in the 'engineering' Update magazine . dogchops
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9:10am Sat 15 Mar 14

anotherimigrant says...

A whole report and not once were we told the cost?

Is this the same wanna bee,s that couldn't or wouldn't make any contribution to the borough's coffers because they had no money.

No surely not.

Is this the same firm who has to be bailed out to the tune of sixty per cent of it's annual spend,s each year, and still cant operate a service.

No surely not.
A whole report and not once were we told the cost? Is this the same wanna bee,s that couldn't or wouldn't make any contribution to the borough's coffers because they had no money. No surely not. Is this the same firm who has to be bailed out to the tune of sixty per cent of it's annual spend,s each year, and still cant operate a service. No surely not. anotherimigrant
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9:44am Sat 15 Mar 14

nelle2705 says...

would be far better if thamesdwon transport employed drivers that were safe at driving to ferry passengers around rather than ones that think they are on brands hatch or silverstone circuit !! also polite friendly drivers would not go a miss either !
would be far better if thamesdwon transport employed drivers that were safe at driving to ferry passengers around rather than ones that think they are on brands hatch or silverstone circuit !! also polite friendly drivers would not go a miss either ! nelle2705
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12:55pm Sat 15 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Still doesn't make some of the drivers less arrogant though!h
Still doesn't make some of the drivers less arrogant though!h house on the hill
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12:57pm Fri 21 Mar 14

lauralouise90 says...

This is actually really clever - it'd be nice to see this done for car tyres too. When there's so many stories of people driving around with defective tyres, it seems like we need to refresh our tyre safety!

Laura
http://www.atseuroma
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This is actually really clever - it'd be nice to see this done for car tyres too. When there's so many stories of people driving around with defective tyres, it seems like we need to refresh our tyre safety! Laura http://www.atseuroma ster.co.uk/dunlop-ty res.htm lauralouise90
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