Downloadable guide on tyre pressure monitoring for caravans

Environmental, safety and economic benefits for caravan owners We have released a new downloadable guide on the benefits of tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) used in caravans. This guide details the safety, environmental and economic gains of using a TMPS as well as the specifics of which monitor is appropriate for different caravan types. The guide in PDF format is available for download here. This seven page guide will enable caravan owners to better understand the risks of incorrectly inflated tyres and what can be done to reduce these risks. Some of the most common consequences of wrongly inflated tyres … Continue reading

The importance of tyre safety

In 2014, tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) became a legal requirement for all new passenger vehicles manufactured in Europe. Maintaining the correct tyre inflation is important for both fuel efficiency and tyre performance, but this legislation is yet to be extended to commercial vehicles, caravans and trailers. Here, Peter Tillotson, business development manager of TyrePal, discusses the lack of TPMS regulation for alternative vehicles and the impact it is having on fuel consumption, breakdown costs and driver safety. Fuel economy is a prominent issue for any driver. Low tyre pressure means more friction on the road, hence less efficiency. Too … Continue reading

New guidance but no new tyre age legislation

The Department for Transport now strongly recommends that tyres over 10 years old should not be fitted to front steered axles of public service vehicles, but says they can be fitted to the rear axles of vehicles as part of a twin tyre combination. The advice falls short of the call for a legal limit by some campaigners. The guidance is in response to the report from coroner Richard Travers, following the fatal coach crash on the A3 in September 2012 and is included in a document entitled “Guidance on the use of older tyres on buses and coaches” recently … Continue reading

International standard for TPMS

The international standard for tyre pressuer monitoring systems is ISO21750. The standard was written to cover direct and indirect systems, and TyrePal systems can operate as a tyre pressure warning system well within the requirements as defined in this International Standard. ISO standard requirements To comply with the standard, a system should give an alert for a low pressure condition 10kPa (1.4psi) below a threshold within 3 minutes driving at more than 25km/h. The threshold may be set by the user. In the event of a leak, a pressure loss between 10kPa/min and 20kPa/min (1.5 to 3psi/min) should produce an … Continue reading

TPMS Legislation

Following the spate of fatal rollover accidents involving Ford Galaxys and Firestone tyres in 2000, the US government introduced the TREAD act that required tyre pressure monitoring systems to be fitted to all new cars. This has applied to all cars and light vans sold in the USA since 2008. There are arguments that the legislation was over-hasty as there was no standardised technology available at the time, but after some false starts, it did result in the development of reliable and cost-effective solutions. The European Union has taken a different line with ground-breaking regulations that are concerned with environmental … Continue reading

UK Legal requirements on tyre pressure

It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that tyres are in proper condition and penalties for offences are very severe. The penalties for having illegal tyres are currently up to a £2500 fine and 3 penalty points PER TYRE. Two faulty tyres could cost six penalty points, loss of license and a £5000 fine! Apart from the requirements regarding tyre wear, tread depth, damaged sidewalls, etc, the tyres must be correctly inflated. Regulation 27 section b states “the tyre is not so inflated as to make it fit for the use to which the motor vehicle or trailer is put”. … Continue reading