On Apollo joining TyreSafe, the latter’s chairman, Stuart Jackson said: “TyreSafe continues to grow from strength to strength. However, more than the number of members, it’s the high level of involvement and participation from these members that’s important for us. Since Apollo has been actively engaged in safe drive initiatives -- promoting safety on the roads in the Asian region, their association with TyreSafe would result in both organisations using each other’s expertise towards the cause of safety on the roads in the UK.”
Stuart Jackson, the current chairman of TyreSafe is also Apollo Tyres Ltd’s country manager for the United Kingdom.
Since its inception in 2006, TyreSafe’s activities have helped reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre related incidents by 38 per cent. However, each year more than 1,200 people in the UK still lose their lives or get injured in accidents due to the illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.
Commenting on this association, Rob Oudshoorn, CEO, European Operations, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “At Apollo, we have been working on tyre-related customer safety initiatives for many years now and given TyreSafe’s success in the UK, it is an ideal partner to learn from and take our own safety initiatives to the next level, to the multiple markets we are present in, which does not have organisations like TyreSafe.”
In the first few months of 2012, TyreSafe has already generated considerable awareness about the new TPMS and tyre labelling regulations as well as about the dangers of buying part worn tyres.
Apollo Tyres has been working on road safety, through the Safe Drive initiative since 2002, for both passenger and commercial vehicle customers. Last year, Apollo Tyres conducted more than 50 Safe Drive camps across the Asian region on highways and fuel stations for passenger vehicle customers; and, a similar number of camps were conducted in corporates and residential locations. During one of the week-long campaigns for commercial vehicles in India, Apollo’s technical team inspected nearly 5,000 commercial vehicle tyres for inflation pressure, tread wear and valve caps; and found more than 40 percent of the tyres had incorrect inflation pressure.
The Safe Drive campaign from Apollo Tyres has been recognised and awarded by the International Institute of Road Traffic Education, UK, and is regularly undertaken in India, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Turkmenistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
For more information about tyre safety visit www.tyresafe.org.