The NHS could save millions of pounds a year by making sure their vehicle tyres are properly inflated, according to research carried out by Michelin tyres.
After being called in by the South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Michelin tyres discovered that it could save almost £22,000 a year if the tyres on its vehicles were pumped up more accurately.
Although the study focused on just one Yorkshire NHS trust, which works across Barnsley, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale, Michelin emphasised the savings could run into millions of pounds if the tyre pressure checks were applied to the NHS on a nationwide basis.
Experts from Michelin tyres tested 75 cars from the Trust’s fleet of 2,000 and found only half were correctly inflated, while fifteen were running on at least one ‘dangerously’ or ‘very dangerously’ under-inflated tyre.
That result is better than the national average, which shows only 28 per cent of tyres have the correct air pressure.
Leigh Hancock, the Trust fleet manager, confirmed they were offered the checks through Volkswagen Group Leasing, who supply their cars.
“We are interested in all aspects of health and safety as well as helping the environment, and of course making savings is always important, so we were keen for them to visit. The staff were really positive and many more than expected turned up to get their tyres checked on the day.”
Dave Crinson, a spokesman for Michelin tyres, revealed Michelin is hopeful that the South West Yorkshire Trust had set an example for the NHS to follow on a nationwide basis.
He said: “We hear a lot in the news about how the NHS is trying to make savings. Correcting tyre pressures is a simple task that can save a lot of money.
“Our figures show this Trust alone could potentially save almost £22,000 each year. Imagine how much the whole NHS could save.”
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