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Southampton City Council has saved more than 10 per cent on its annual tyre bill using the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) tyres agreement.
The council’s fleet includes 360 vans, 37 refuse collection vehicles (RCVs), 17 heavy goods vehicles, 13 minibuses, six road sweepers and four cars – all of which provide vital services across the city.
The fleet services team sought to make savings on tyres and reduce the frequency of replacement tyres being required, and therefore fitted Michelin tyres on all its vehicles through a direct award using the CCS Supply and Fit of Tyres agreement.
This produced a spend reduction of 11 per cent for the year, with a further three per cent the following year - equalling a drop in tyre expenditure of over £17,000.
Southampton City Council’s Fleet Services said: “All local authorities are working hard to maximise value from their budgets and fitting Michelin tyres via the Crown Commercial Service framework has delivered noticeable savings to our fleet running costs. We’re getting improved longevity and durability from every tyre we fit; it’s particularly noticeable on the RCV fleet, which is arguably the toughest on tyres.”