Galway-based Callinan Coaches is managing to reduce running costs after adopting a regrooving policy for its Michelin fleet of coaches.
Established in 1995, Callinan Coaches operates from bases in Galway, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Perivale in the UK. It offers scheduled services both locally and nationally with private, corporate and international tour services also provided.
The move sees the firm’s in-house technicians regroove tyres once they reach 3-4mm of tread. This results in seeing tyre replacement intervals being pushed back by an average of two months, thus translating to the equivalent of unlocking an additional 60,000km of life per tyre.
Callinan Coaches previously fitted a competitor brand of tyre but found it susceptible to damage. This resulted in trials conducted with Michelin’s X Multiway 3D tyres, which reduced instances of damage and regularly returned 300,000km before needing to be replaced.
Tommy Callinan, Owner at Callinan Coaches, says: “We cover big distances on our intercity journeys and so fitting the best tyre for the job is crucial, both in terms of comfort for our passengers and running costs. When we ran the Michelin tyres we noticed they wore evenly and remained in great condition over a long life, despite the demands we place on them.”
On the regrooving, Callinan said, “Once we realised that tyre life could be significantly increased through regrooving, we put that to the test and we’ve made it standard practice across the fleet. We’re now routinely seeing tyres clocking-up 360,000km before being replaced.”