Transport industry to benefit from tyre workshop

October 13, 2017


Heavy vehicle operators and transport company managers could well be taking a closer look at their bottom line after a workshop on tyre efficiency in Toowoomba, Roma and Warwick this month.

According to key note speaker Neil Findlay, “It’s not about how the rubber hits the road, it’s about how the rubber hits your bottom line”.

“Tyre specification and maintenance has a profound effect on fuel consumption,” says the multi- award winning, trucking industry veteran whose family ran Findlay Transport in Oakey for 35 years.

"The percentage in cost reduction a business can achieve simply by improving tyre efficiency can be significant.

“Tyre cost reductions are commensurate with fuel efficiency improvements, you can’t separate the two, it’s the biggest cost that a fleet incurs,” he said.

Mr Findlay said he would talk in detail about the right tyres for application taking into account mass limits, vehicle speed and road conditions.

“The nature of the freight is also a big consideration, if drivers are carrying a time sensitive load such as livestock or refrigerated goods, they can’t afford to have unscheduled tyre failures, it’s very expensive in terms of time, extra costs and damage incurred to a vehicle,” he said.

Mr Findlay joins Nolan’s Interstate Transport workshop manager Jim Gleeson who will give a hands on perspective of how to improve tyre and diesel performance across tyre fitting, driver capacity, workshop activities, road conditions and technology.

Mr Gleeson will also present interesting developments Nolan’s has achieved through recent testing of their fleet’s tyre performance.

QMDC CEO Geoff Penton said the workshop is being offered in a bid to help the transport industry reduce diesel consumption, increase driver safety and to also reduce tyre waste which has been an environmental and tourism issue for our region. 

“There is good work happening to reduce the waste tyre problem, and these workshops are looking at a proactive approach that is all about being beneficial for business,” he said.

“Tyres and diesel are some of the biggest costs to the sector so we are hoping to help business managers identify options that reduce costs while achieving positive environmental outcomes for the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.”

The free tyre efficiency workshops are being supported by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), the Queensland Trucking Association  and the major sponsor, Lowes Petroleum.

At each event, there is an opportunity to win a two-night family stay at the Bunya Mountains, and thanks to Total Tools, one of 12 high end pressure gauges.

The workshop will be held in Toowoomba on Wednesday, October 25th, Roma on Friday October 27th and Warwick on Tuesday October 31st 2017.

Visit our Event's Page for details. 

To RSVP call QMDC's Matthew Brown on mobile: 0428 710 690.  

Toowoomba Office

127b Campbell Street (corner of Campbell and Bellevue)

PO Box 6243 Toowoomba West QLD 4350

P (07) 4637 6200 F (07) 4632 8062 E

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