ERJ staff report (DS)
Stoke-on-Trent, UK -- Ambulances across the UK Midlands will be driven on cold weather tyres this winter. Both the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) will use Michelin's Agilis Alpin and Alpin 4 ranges across their fleets - a total 530 ambulances and 308 rapid response cars.
The decision comes after the neighbouring trusts' fleet managers compared standard tyres with cold weather tyres at a test day at the MIRA track in Warwickshire.
Steve Farnsworth, EMAS Fleet General Manager, said: â€œWe had been interested in using cold weather tyres for some time and after seeing the Michelin tests there was no doubt that these are the tyres for us. â€œThey are not just a snow and ice tyre, the shorter stopping distance is also very noticeable in the slush and wet, plus handling on the dry track in cold weather was impressive too.â€
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Press release from Michelin