Trentbarton has fitted Wheely-Safe technology across its entire over 400-strong fleet after extensive trials proved the system’s safety benefits. It includes the latest generation tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and wheel loss and brake temperature sensors.
The TPMS sensors replace the valve cap on each tyre. The wheel loss and temperature sensors are also fitted to every wheel. They auto-pair with a solar-powered receiver mounted on the windscreen that alerts the driver to any issues.
Wheely-Safe has held training workshops with the operator’s technicians and depot managers, demonstrating how to correctly install and utilise the system. Drivers have also been trained on understanding the different levels of alert and what action should be taken.
Says Trentbarton Managing Director Jeff Counsell: “We have been big admirers of the Wheely-Safe technology since the very beginning. It is the only product in the industry that can identify when a wheel nut is beginning to loosen mid-journey, as well as supplying crucial data on tyre pressures and [acting as] a temperature warning system that alerts us to any potential brake or hub issues.
“Over the years there have been many cases of wheel loss within the wider industry, and the prevailing factor for most of those incidents has been human failure.
“It remains a massive issue in the sector, so to have a system to prevent that installed on every one of our buses is fantastic.”
Adds Wheely-Safe MD Steve Jackson: “As one of our early adopters, Trentbarton has had several years to test and trial out patented sensor technology. We are delighted that it has now opted to protect its whole fleet.”