In recent weeks, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) revealed that it intends to enforce the compulsory installation of digital tyre monitoring technology in the region, with the new rule expected to go live as soon as Q4 2017.
The move has no doubt been triggered by the UAE's drive to improve road safety which would be supported by a reduction in tyre failure incidents. Tyre related accidents cause around 5 per cent of the UAE traffic death toll.
Common sense dictates that the quality of tyres must play an essential role in road safety. Car tyres provide the single point of contact between the vehicle and the road, and must deliver sufficient grip when turning and braking on both dry and wet roads. A good tyre can last around 50,000 km, although this can vary, depending on the quality and conditions of use, including driving habits, road surface and weather conditions.
Although individual drivers and fleet managers should pay attention to the condition of their tyres, many tyre incidents are often linked to used tyres or to poor-quality new tyres. However, long trips, heavy loads, high speeds and higher temperatures can also put additional stress on tyres, meaning those in the transport and logistics sector, and in particular Fleet Managers, will come under new pressure to monitor their fleets.
Unfortunately, adding to the problem is the market for counterfeit goods, which is in general, flourishing in the region, and specifically fake car parts, including brake components, clutch plates, engine internals and tyres. The counterfeit car-parts industry is estimated to be worth Dh30 billion a year.
In order to prepare for the changes in legislation and mitigate the risks associated with poor quality tyres and bad driver behaviour, organisations should consider implementing a telematics solution, in order to utilise the massive amounts of data produced by vehicles, which can be analysed to make relevant changes to people and process, improving safety in your organisation and ensuring your drivers and fleet are compliant with this regulation.
At Restrata, through our work with partners like Teletrac Navman and PressurePro, we aim to bring the best Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) technology to the region, providing drivers of all types of vehicle types and sizes with better stability, handling, braking, safety and savings. As the need for TPMS continues to grow, we hope to remain a key provider to the market.
If you would like to learn more about how our solutions can support your organisation with improving safety and efficiency, read our Tyre Pressure Monitoring System capability statement:
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