2014-04-02 15:26:00

NTDA announces more than 4000 Commercial Tyre Technicians now hold REACT licence

NTDA announces more than 4000 Commercial Tyre Technicians now hold REACT licence

The NTDA has announced that since the launch of the Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians (REACT) scheme in 2011 more than 4000 commercial tyre technicians have been trained, assessed as competent and issued with a Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside across the UK and, more recently, the Republic of Ireland.

Since 1930, the NTDA has campaigned not only for improved consumer tyre safety, but also for the safety of those individuals employed to fit tyres, especially those brave and hardworking commercial tyre technicians deployed at the roadside to work on HGV and PSV related tyre incidents in often very precarious conditions. It has also actively worked with employers, learning providers and other stakeholders to influence and increase education and training supply and improve workforce skills.

The commercial tyre technicians are trained against very strict criteria based on the relevant National Occupational Standards and the training is reviewed at the quarterly steering group meetings and amended to incorporate new legislation, standards and equipment best practice

Each technician is individually assessed and, if deemed competent, an application is made for a Licence. If not deemed competent, technicians are referred for additional training and reassessment.

Speaking about the success of the scheme at Automechanika Birmingham 2017 last week, NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “The most important factor in all of this, is that since launching the scheme in 2011, there have been no reported deaths of REACT trained and licensed commercial tyre technicians working at the roadside. For the steering group that is the ultimate measure of success and consequently REACT has now become the de facto Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside for tyre professionals and we are now well on the way to 5000 licences!”

220 tyre retailers are now participating in the scheme with the training and assessments carried out by several manufacturers, retailers and training providers including ATS Euromaster, Bridgestone, Central Tyre, Continental, Michelin, PFTP Ltd and Roadside Safety UK Ltd. Roadside Safety UK Ltd has also recently launched a REACT training animation available to view on the NTDA’s YouTube Channel:

For further information on REACT and the Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside contact the NTDA via,W: or T: 01296 482128.

Obituary: Denis J. Rooney

Obituary: Denis J. Rooney

The NTDA was saddened to hear of the passing of Denis Rooney, aged 78, former Sales Development Manager at member company Kirkby Tyres.

Denis was a long-term, and loyal, employee of the company and a well-known and much respected ‘tyre man’.

Denis joined Firestone after his National Service and subsequently joined Kirkby where he worked for 30 years playing a big part in the growth of the company.

Denis only worked for the two companies for the whole of his working life. He returned regularly to Kirkby to talk with his old friends and the Chairman who kept him updated with the many changes in the business.

Denis was a religious man who was devoted to his family.

He will be sorely missed by his wife Dot, his children Catherine, Michelle, Gerard and Paul, grandchildren Adam, Sophie, Alice, Jack and Georgie and his many friends at Kirkby and colleagues across the tyre industry.

NTDA membership further enhanced by new member Trelleborg

NTDA membership further enhanced by new member Trelleborg

The NTDA has, today, announced that Trelleborg Industrial and Construction Tyres has joined the association both as a supplier member and as a full member under the UK network of centres in its ‘Interfit’ service division.

Trelleborg Industrial and Construction Tyres is a global manufacturer of premium quality tyres and has developed extensive product ranges to serve both solid and pneumatic tyre requirements within these sectors. The UK operation has two distinct channels with very different customer bases and varying requirements. A major part of the business is to supply and fit tyres through its Interfit service division, where the customer base predominantly consists of Forklift Truck manufacturers and their dealer networks. In addition, Trelleborg has developed a facility to supply tyres to the replacement market where the majority of customers in this channel are tyre dealers and distributors. Although the vast majority of products are fitted to Forklift trucks, it also supplies and fits tyres to ground support equipment such as airport vehicles, reach stackers and container handlers.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “We are naturally very excited to have Trelleborg on board as its products have long been established in the UK Industrial sector as market leading. In recent years this area of the tyre Industry has become incredibly competitive and various lesser quality brands being sold into the market, at very low prices, certainly provide new challenges for us all. Furthermore, it is a well-known fact that Trelleborg is always striving to provide the end user with reliable, durable products. For example, the Elite XP Pit Stop Line, which is a tyre that tells you when it needs changing! Our membership growth, especially with regard to independent tyre retailers, has already been phenomenal this year, but this adds a whole new dimension.”

As well as taking a seat on the associations’ Executive Council, Trelleborg has also become the latest big name to join the impressive line-up of Tyre Industry Award sponsors and Richard Lyons Trelleborg Industrial Tyres UK Ltd’s Managing Director will be presenting the Staff Training and Development Initiative of the Year Award to the lucky winner at the NTDA Annual Dinner on 12th October.

Commenting on the membership Richard Lyons said: “With such a competitive market at this current time, our intentions for the future are very clear and that is to firmly cement ourselves as the UK market leader for industrial tyres. We will achieve this by continuing to provide the highest quality tyres available and by taking the same innovative approach into other areas of our business, leading the way in terms of strategy, customer service, marketing and routes to market. Joining the NTDA, therefore, is the a natural thing to do, as clearly the association now has the same progressive approach to raising industry standards and furthering the professionalism of our industry.”

NTDA Immediate Past Chairman to cycle 100 miles for British Wheelchair Sport

NTDA Immediate Past Chairman to cycle 100 miles for British Wheelchair Sport

Roger Griggs, on behalf of the Wheelwrights Charity 2020 Appeal, has agreed to take part in the 100 mile race on Sunday 30th July. The appeal was launched to support aspiring athletes with disabilities at grassroots level. The event starts at The Queen Elizabeth Park ‘Olympic Park’ sweeping through the streets of London into the beautiful countryside of Surrey which takes in some challenging hill climbs: ‘Box Hill fame’ before returning to London with the finish line on The Mall. This is quite a challenge for someone who does not ride bikes that often, and did not even have a bike at the time of signing up for the ride!

The inspiration behind the 2020 Appeal is the fact that the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo coincide with the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights. In May 2017 the Wheelwright’s Charity together with the National Tyre Distributors Association presented a cheque for £15,000 to WheelPower the British Wheelchair Sports charity at Stoke Mandeville Stadium – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. This was the first payment of a 3 year joint commitment between the Wheelwrights and the NTDA.

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NTDA appalled by results of 2nd Northern Ireland Tyre Survey

NTDA appalled by results of 2nd Northern Ireland Tyre Survey

The Association for tyre retailers, wholesalers and the associated auto-care aftermarket has divulged that at its regional meeting held in Templepatrick on 17th May, the results of the 2017 tyre tread depth on replacement survey showed that in one week in March, members had removed 1,200 tyres from cars and light commercial vans that were already below the legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm. This follows on from a similar survey carried out over a longer period in 2016, where more than 3000 tyres removed were already under 1.6mm.

The survey was conducted at 18 tyre retail centres across the country and the full results showed:

Tread Depth CAR LCV
Over 2mm 2797 138
Under 2mm 1519 144
Under 1.6mm 1122 78


NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “Yes the results of the survey are appalling, but they come as no great surprise. As we have said in the past, if the legal minimum is to remain at 1.6mm for the foreseeable future, then appropriate resources must be allocated to ensure effective enforcement is carried out. 1,200 illegal tyres and 1,519 which can’t even be sold as legal part worns, because they are under 2mm, found in one week is simply unacceptable, this cannot continue.”

Although tyres are legal at 1.6mm, the NTDA believes there remains an argument, sufficiently compelling, for it to advise motorists to change their tyres at 3mm and irrespective of recent comments from some tyre manufacturers is calling for a review of the minimum tread depth introduced in 1992.

Stefan Hay concluded: “Tyres are the only thing keeping a vehicle in contact with the road. Test results achieved under controlled test conditions are one thing, but driving in changeable and frequently adverse UK weather conditions, on poor and inconsistent road surfaces and with tyres of varying quality and condition is a different scenario altogether. We need tyre and auto-care professionals to educate their customers, for motorists to pay more and regular attention to their tyres and for the authorities to be more vigilant!”

Autogem Invicta Ltd. Managing Director installed as new NTDA National Chairman

Autogem Invicta Ltd. Managing Director installed as new NTDA National Chairman

On Wednesday the 7th June, at its AGM held during the highly successful Automechanika Birmingham 2017 show, the NTDA installed Prashant Chopra, Managing Director of Autogem Invicta Ltd as its new National Chairman.

Prashant takes over from Roger Griggs Communications Director of European Tyre Enterprises Ltd, who has served for an extended period of three years in order to support the implementation and execution of the three year strategic plan introduced by the Association’s Chief Executive Stefan Hay in 2014.

Commenting on the handover, Stefan Hay said: “Roger Griggs has been a phenomenal Chairman of the Association, he is a true tyre industry professional with endless enthusiasm and energy and it has been an absolute honour and privilege to work alongside him and learn from him over the past three years. Prashant is equally professional, enthusiastic and energetic and adds a whole new dimension as his company is an aftermarket supplier member of the Association, which in itself is an indication of how the NTDA is rapidly becoming an association for both tyre professionals and the associated Autocare aftermarket, where, over the past three years, we have experienced incredible membership growth.”

In response Roger Griggs said: “I am delighted to be handing over the chairmanship to Prashant, but also a little sad as I have genuinely enjoyed my time in the chair. The last three years have gone very quickly and during this period the Association has firmly re-established itself as a leading trade body. I look forward, along with my colleagues, in continuing to represent the Association’s members and dealing with the challenges that undoubtedly we will encounter in the future.”

Roger Griggs now becomes the Immediate Past National Chairman replacing Stephen Callow who after six years of outstanding service as an Executive Officer of the NTDA was formally installed as a Past Chairman.

Further appointments saw Martin O’Brien Director and General Manager of Kingsway Tyres installed as the new Vice National Chairman, Donald Carmichael Manging Director of McConechy’s Tyre Service Ltd re-installed as Honorary Treasurer, Gavin White Managing Director of Autotech Recruitment installed as South East & Central South Regional Chairman and John Parker Director of Business Development and Special Projects at Kirkby Tyres Ltd, who has served as Chairman of the Tyre Wholesalers Group (TWG) since 2014, formally installed as an Honorary Past Chairman of the NTDA. Going forward the TWG will no longer have a separate Chairman, but John Parker will continue to represent the interests of Wholesalers on the NTDA Executive Council.

Commenting on his installation Prashant Chopra said: “I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to further work at strategic level with the NTDA, its Executive Officers and the Executive Council. The welcome has certainly been warm and Roger’s boots are certainly very large, (and well-heeled), to fill! It is reassuring to know that I will be able to continue to tap into Roger and the team’s considerable experience to guide me through this new position.”

Premier League trophy to appear at Automechanika with NTDA member Yokohama

Premier League trophy to appear at Automechanika with NTDA member Yokohama

Following Chelsea FC’s magnificent victory in the 2016/17 Premier League, visitors to this year’s Automechanika Birmingham will have the opportunity to have their photo taken alongside the official Premier League trophy which will be appearing courtesy of NTDA Supplier Member Yokohama, the club’s official shirt partner.

Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge after their recent 5-1 victory over Sunderland, making them the first club to take 30 top-flight victories in a 38-game season, as well as securing the club’s fifth Premier League title.

As the trophy will be on display so soon after Chelsea’s victory, its presence is expected to attract scores of football fans to the Yokohama stand (20D80 next to the NTDA stand 20E78) who will be looking to admire the silverware and enjoy a memorable photo opportunity.

With an overwhelming demand from other Chelsea functions, the trophy will only be on display during the first two days of the show, so fans are encouraged to visit the Yokohama stand early to avoid any disappointment.

“It’s been an incredible season for Chelsea FC and it’s a true honour for us to host the Premier League trophy on our stand at Automechanika this year,” comments David Seward, managing director, Yokohama HPT Ltd. “We look forward to welcoming show visitors and football fans where we will of course be showcasing our latest range of products as well.”

The trophy will be on display on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th June only.

To find out more about Yokohama tyres please visit

2017 NTDA UK Tyre Industry Awards open for entries

2017 NTDA UK Tyre Industry Awards open for entries

The 2017 UK Tyre Industry Awards entry forms are now available. 2017 sees the launch of a new award category for Tyre Technician Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights. 2016 saw 57 finalists battle it out for these most coveted awards – so will your company be shortlisted or beat the usual suspects to perhaps lift one of the coveted trophies in 2017?

Benefits to your company of an award entry:

  • All those shortlisted for awards will be promoted in pre-show publicity by the NTDA and will be free to use an ‘NTDA 2017 Tyre Industry Awards FINALIST’ logo that can be placed on all company stationery, marketing materials, social media channels and website;
  • Winners will receive an engraved trophy and a set of professional photographs that can be used for post event purposes;
  • Winners will be entitled to use the ‘NTDA 2017 Tyre Industry Awards WINNER’ logo that can be placed on all company stationery, marketing materials, social media channels and website;
  • Extensive post-event publicity will be extended to the professional tyre trade press and full details of all finalists and winners, including photos, will be included in the 2018 NTDA Tyre Industry Directory.

Entries are only accepted from NTDA members and companies that are members of Tyre Industry Federation trade associations on the official NTDA entry form. The form and entry requirements brochure can be obtained from Alison Keitch, Membership Secretary via E: or T: +44 (0)1296 482128

The Awards will be presented to the winners, at a ceremony sponsored by Sailun, at the NTDA Annual Dinner which will take place on Thursday 12th October 2017, at the Double Tree by Hilton Milton Keynes, Stadium MK, Stadium Way West, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST. This fabulous, sell out, black tie event, which is attended by over 600 of the great and good of the tyre industry and automotive aftercare market, provides great networking opportunities and, together with the NTDA Tyre Industry Conference which is held on the same day, is the premier social occasion for the UK Tyre Industry.

Award categories in 2017 are:

  1. REACT Roadside Technician of the Year, sponsored by: Zenises
  2. Truck and Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Jelf Beaumonts
  3. Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Automechanika
  4. Industry Marketing Campaign of the Year: Available for sponsorship
  5. Staff Training & Development Initiative of the Year: Available for sponsorship
  6. Tyre Wholesaler of the Year: Available for sponsorship
  7. Tyre Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by: Maritime Cargo Services
  8. Tyre Technician Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by: The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights
  9. Tyre Retail Centre of the Year, sponsored by: Pirelli

The opening date for entries is Friday 30th March 2017 and the closing date is Friday 4th August 2017. Entries must be submitted on the official entry form. Entries arriving after the closing date or without the required testimonials will not be considered.

NTDA Chief Executive says proposed change to MOT test frequency is unnecessary and ill advised

NTDA Chief Executive says proposed change to MOT test frequency is unnecessary and ill advised

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA), which was the first trade association to respond on 8th July 2015 to the then Chancellor George Osbourne’s initial proposal, has, today, reaffirmed its opposition to the DfT’s plans to possibly extending the first MOT test from 3 to 4 years.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “This subject was thoroughly reviewed over an extended period between 2005 and 2008 when a proposal was on the table to move to a 4-2-2- testing regime and where a change to 4-1-1 was also considered. The then Secretary of State for Transport, in consultation with Cabinet colleagues, the automotive aftercare market and many motoring organisations, concluded that any change to the current frequency would risk a totally unacceptable increase in road deaths and serious injuries as well as an unacceptable increase in cost to the economy. The NTDA fully endorsed those findings at the time.”

The NTDA position now, is that it does not believe that anything has changed, significantly, since that analysis by the DfT, which was the most comprehensive on the subject ever undertaken and this has been echoed by many of its members.

In the current consultation document, the DfT asserts that new, modern day, cars and vans are safer due to improved technology and warranties, but it is questionable as to the relevance of this to the MOT test. The NTDA believes that one could also argue that statistics show, that improved technology does not improve motorists driving behaviour or their attitudes towards general vehicle maintenance, but in reality, attitudes and behaviour, modern vehicle design, durability and extended warranties have little bearing on an actual MOT test as in the main, key safety critical consumables such as tyres, brakes, lights, windscreen wipers etc., often the main causes for failure, are not covered by warranty and require more frequent replacement.

Many will recall that DVSA released figures showed that 253,000 cars failed the MOT test between January and August 2013, when presented for the first time after being registered new in 2010, the NTDA believes it is fairly safe to assume that deferring the test for a further year would have increased the risk those vehicles posed and further swelled the failure numbers and clearly modern vehicle design and technologies didn’t help.

Stefan Hay continued: “On average between 2012 and 2015 7.5% of total MOT tests on car and light vans identified tyres alone as the failure defect and overall, in that same period, tyres accounted for, on average, 10% of failure defects.* Add to this the tens of thousands of tyre related ‘advisory notes’ issued by testers, including those issued to vehicles that still passed the test, and the more recent 2016 TyreSafe and Highways England statistics showing 27% of tyres as illegal on replacement and we have a very serious justification for saying no to these proposals on the grounds of tyre safety alone! This is an unnecessary and ill-advised consultation, which no one called for. We question to what extent the DfT was consulted before George Osborne’s announcement last year and we question to what extent the DVSA has been consulted now. I’ve quoted statistics today and there are now lots of statistics and numbers, including costs being used on both sides of this argument, but let’s not get too distracted as the MOT is about road safety, road safety is about protecting life and life is priceless!”

The NTDA concludes that the serious threat this potential change poses to road safety and the substantial cost burden to the economy remains and is now calling on all of its member involved in MOT testing to engage, and to respond to, the consultation which runs until 16th April 2017. *(DVSA released statistics)

NTDA says a sad goodbye to Andy Bucknall – Obituary

NTDA says a sad goodbye to Andy Bucknall – Obituary

The NTDA was devastated to hear of the death of one of its long standing members and industry stalwart Andy Bucknall who suddenly passed away at his home in Packmoor on Friday 30th December 2016 aged only 52 years.

Andy had a long and successful career in the tyre industry, most recently as Managing Director of South Cheshire Tyre & Exhaust Ltd T/A HiQ.

He was a very popular and active member of the NTDA and its North West and North Wales region.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “ The news of Andy’s death comes as a massive shock, especially as many of us saw him at the NTDA Winter Ball in Blackpool in late November. He was a fantastic guy and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his lovely wife Carol, his children James, Robert and Rachel and his grandchildren Blake, Ryley and Ella-Mai.”

His funeral service will be held at Bradwell Crematorium on Friday 27th January 2017 at 10.40am.

Family and friends are kindly asked to meet at the crematorium. Flowers welcome or donations, if preferred, to N.S Combined Health Care Trust Fund, Rheumatoid Arthritis Department Enquiries to: CO-OPERATIVE FUNERALCARE 1 Park Avenue, Wolstanton. Tel. 01782 711244

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