Telford-based A-Star Transport says it has already saved itself a potentially costly breakdown since protecting its fleet of coaches and buses with Wheely-Safe’s latest generation technology. The operator fitted Wheely-Safe’s wheel loss and tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to its vehicles, after being impressed with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of the product.
Owner Mike Wear said: “We had been looking for a suitable TPMS but a lot of the ones we found included a monthly subscription. The fact that we could pay a one-off price for the Wheely-Safe kit and then it was ours appealed to us, especially after the challenges of the last few years, with Covid-19 and the impact that had on the business.
“The additional benefits of the wheel loss and hub overheating alerts built into the technology were another tick in the box. It’s a complete package that allows us to always be confident in the health of our wheels and tyres. We have already had one slow puncture that was flagged up to the driver, and which we were able to act on quickly, to save ourselves from a more serious problem.”
A-Star Transport opted for Wheely-Safe’s external TPMS sensors, which replace the valve cap and auto-pair with an in-cab solar receiver. These are fitted alongside a pair of wheel loss sensors on each wheel. The business’ own in-house mechanics fitted the systems, following a demonstration from a Wheely-Safe technician.
“As a public transport operator, we place the safety of our customers and other road users above everything else; this is a fantastic product to help us ensure we maintain our fleet to the highest standards,” said Mike.
“We’ve got the systems working on all our operational vehicles, from the smaller 16-seater Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibuses, up to the 55-seater Caetano coaches. It’s simple to install, and I even have the TPMS product running on my car as well, ensuring I’m always driving on tyres inflated to the optimal pressures.”