Company car drivers need to be educated to get the most of the tyre pressure monitoring systems that are becoming compulsory across the European Union.
From November of last year, all new car model types approved in the EU must have TMPS installed while all new cars sold must have them fitted from November 2014.
Mike Wise, director of Tyre Programmes at motor industry e-commerce expert epyx, said: “While this technology will inevitably add a small amount to the price of a new car, we believe that it is something that fleets should embrace.
“Every piece of research that has ever been carried out into tyre pressures in the fleet and general car parc shows that tyres are often woefully underinflated, damaging fuel economy and creating safety risks. This is an excellent way to solve the problem.”
However, Wise added that TMPS would only be effective if drivers were educated in its use and if fleet managers made it clear that they expected the systems to be properly used. He said: “With the equipment becoming effectively compulsory on fleets, as part of their duty of care, employers need to ensure that drivers understand TPMS and acknowledge that any warning flagged up by the system must be acted upon.”