After a thorough tender process, Shanks Waste Management Ltd has selected Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres Ltd to manage its commercial vehicles and mobile plant and machinery tyres for a number of recycling centres throughout the UK.

Using Vacu-Lug’s bespoke web-based VMS software programme, each Shanks vehicle is individually managed to provide a full monitoring, repair and tyre husbandry service. This includes Shanks’ entire fleet of delivery and collection vehicles, including roll-on-roll-off hook-lifts with drawbar trailers and a mixture of plant and OTR wheeled equipment.

“During several months of stringent evaluation,” says Shanks’ UK Plant and Vehicles Manager, Chris Byrne “Vacu-Lug came out best for service level agreements and overall value. Now, after the first 3-month review, I’m pleased to say our ongoing objective to reduce vehicle downtime has been achieved and we expect to maintain exceptional response and repair times going forward.”

For added financial and operational control, the VMS system records and notifies Vacu-Lug’s network of independent service providers of the designated tyre policy for each contracted vehicle and validates supplier invoices against any authorised work. In turn, the system creates accurate invoicing in line with all contractual terms.

“The VMS fleet management solution from Vacu-Lug”, adds Chris, “includes the provision of high quality new and retread tyres and helps to ensure full compliance with Shanks tyre policies and the law. Furthermore, through ongoing analysis of tyre data via the VMS web portal, we can identify any potential high-cost areas while keeping a close eye on vehicle budgets.

“So far” concludes Chris Byrne, “Vacu-Lug’s tyre fleet management service has achieved all that it set out to do: close tyre monitoring, fast response times and consistent first-time repairs – all of which go a long way to keeping VOR times as low as possible.”