ERJ staff report (DS)
Dhaka, Bangladesh - A survey of passenger car tyres in Dhaka revealed that more than 60 percent of the vehicles had incorrect inflation pressure, 40 percent of the vehicles were fitted with incorrect sized tyres and around 10-12 percent of these vehicles needed immediate replacement of tyres.
The Safe Drive survey, which was undertaken in March 2011, was conducted by Apollo Tyres' International Business Development team in association with Rahimafrooz Group, which is the company's distributor for the region. During the survey, tyres of around 400 passenger cars were checked on parameters like inflation pressure, tread-wear damage, sidewall damage, misalignment and rim damage.
Bangladesh seems to follow the subcontinental trend in tyre care. Last year Apollo Safe Drive Survey, on 85,000 tyres across India, threw up similar results where over 40 percent tyres were found to be over-inflated and over 30 percent under-inflated. However, fitment of incorrect tyre sizes was a rarity.
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