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GOVERNMENT CONSULTING TO BAN OLD TYRES

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GOVERNMENT CONSULTING TO BAN OLD TYRES


The Department of Trade has agreed to begin consulting on various options to ban tyres which are over ten years old on buses, coaches, HGVs and minibuses, according to Tyre safety campaigning group Tyred.

The campaign group say that the government decision, announced on 26th February, is the result of seven years of lobbying and has called it a ‘significant breakthrough’ for campaign leader Frances Molloy, who lost her son Michael, aged 18, in a 2012 coach crash on the A3 in Surrey after the vehicle’s 19-and-a-half year-old tyre exploded. Driver Colin Daulby, 63, and Kerry Ogden, 23, were also killed.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman confirmed the government’s decision, stating he wanted ‘to pay tribute to Frances Molloy and her team at Tyred for their impressive campaign against older tyres on coaches and buses.’

Frances Molloy said: “I recently received a call from Jesse Norman and former Transport Minister Chris Grayling to say that the consultations will now take place with the next anticipated step being the acceptance and commencement of legislation making the ban Law.

“We are all very proud at Tyred to be able to effectively change the law in memory of Michael, Kerry and Colin,” she concluded.

 

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AVON TYRES PLANS 300 REDUNDANCIES

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AVON TYRES PLANS 300 REDUNDANCIES


Tyre manufacturer Cooper-Avon is to axe up to 300 jobs at its Melksham site.

The U.S based Cooper Tire and Rubber Co issued a statement which said it would be ‘consulting on 300 jobs’. The plant currently employs a total of 723 workers.

Under the plan, light vehicle tyre production would be transferred to another of Cooper’s worldwide sites, while motorcycle and motorsport tyre production would remain in Melksham, along with various Head Office functions.

Jaap van Wessum, General Manager – Cooper Tire Europe, said: “Pending consultation, if positions are made redundant, Cooper will remain committed to doing all we can to support those employees who may potentially be affected. We will be consulting with our recognised trade union, Unite, and other employee representatives, and have arranged additional support for affected colleagues, which will be available throughout this process. In addition, we will work closely with Wiltshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions to provide the best possible support to our colleagues and community”.

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BRIDGESTONE UK ANNOUNCES OLYMPIC PARTNERSHIP

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BRIDGESTONE UK ANNOUNCES OLYMPIC PARTNERSHIP


Mears (L), Hull and Thompson share their stories

Mears (L), Hull and Thompson share their stories

Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone UK has launched its Olympic partnership and brand activation campaign ‘Chase Your Dream, No matter What’; aiming to help people of all ages and abilities overcome challenges they may face to achieve their career goals.

The tyre brand will now work closely with the International Olympic Committee and Team GB, promoting a series of international, national and grassroot events later this year. Three key events on the calendar include an athletics-based challenge with track athlete Daley Thompson, a diving programme with a ‘twist’ hosted by gold medal diver Chris Mears and a golfing experience presented by Charley Hull; all of whom have been appointed as ambassadors for the new alliance.

Commenting on the partnership, Bridgestone North European MD Robin Shaw, said: “This is the first time we’ve communicated the partnership to the UK market. There is a superb fit between the Olympic and Bridgestone values”, he continued. “We’ve been dedicated to helping our customers’ journeys for over 80 years by delivering reliability, safety, and performance. Like the Olympic movement, we always understood that the journey is often just as important as the destination so we’re making a long term commitment to the Olympic programme to showcase not only the support for individuals, but to empower people to chase their dreams”.

Tim Ellerton, Team GB Commercial Director, added. “Today is a crucial day for us because bringing on a partner like Bridgestone really allows us to prepare the athletes in the best possible way for when they take the stage, chase their dreams and become trained for the next Tokyo games”. The partnership is expected to run until the 2024 Olympic games.

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