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Another 8 members of staff achieve Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside

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Congratulations to another 8 members of staff this week who have successfully been trained by Michelin and passed the REACT – Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside qualification at our new Training Centre in Helston!

TyreFinders staff passing REACT

Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians (REACT) – Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside

The safety of tyre technicians working by the roadside has always been a cause for concern in the tyre industry; technicians can be called out at any hour, in all weather conditions, to work on a vehicle often mere yards away from speeding traffic. It is a sad fact that, every year, some fitters are seriously injured or killed while working at the roadside.

How Did React Come Into Being?

A number of professionals in the tyre industry; manufacturers, retailers offering roadside assistance and training providers, have come together as the REACT Steering Group to launch a scheme to licence all tyre technicians working on truck tyres on the roadside. The scheme has received the backing of the Highways Agency as a positive step towards improved working safety.

Training And Monitoring of Roadside Tyre Technicians

REACT operates as a group within, and is administered by, the NTDA. Launched in October 2011, (and to become mandatory at a date yet to be set by the Executive Council of the NTDA), for all truck tyre technicians who work for companies in membership of the NTDA. The scheme records and monitors the training of technicians working on the roadside throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland attending truck tyre associated breakdowns on motorways, duel carriage ways and trunk roads.

Tyre Technician passes his Car Tyre Technical Course

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We are delighted to announce that another one of our tyre technician’s has passed his Car tyre Technical Course at the Michelin Training Centre.  The objectives of this City and Guilds accredited course is to explain the basic elements of car tyre technology, demonstrate how to fit and balance car tyres and to carry out minor repairs and to explain the importance of workshop health and safety.

This three day course trains our staff on the following:

  • Tyre Development
    • The importance of the pneumatic tyre, components of the  pneumatic tyre, materials used in tyre construction
  • Tyre size and other sidewall markings
  • Car Wheels
    • Tyre/wheel relationships, Torque settings
  • Principles of vehicle control
  • Theory of balance
    • Practical balancing
  • Tyre examination
    • Wear and damage diagnosis
  • Puncture Repairs
    • Minor repairs to BSAu 159(f)
  • Tyre Legislation
    • Factors affecting tyre life and how to control them

Gary started with us in March 2015 and although he had many years of tyre fitting experience before joining our team he didn’t hold a qualification therefore we booked him on the first available course.

When Gary returned from the course he said, “Although I’ve been the trade a while Ive learnt a lot from the course and it’s going to give me a lot more confidence when i’m back at work dealing with customers.”

We have several staff booked on courses this year, courses include the Car Tyre Technical, Licence to Fit – Roadside Recovery, Motorcycle Tyre Technical and a Selling Tyres course.  A member of staff from the Redruth branch passed his Truck Tyre Technical back in January 2015.