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PUDUCHERRY: In order to ensure efficient utilisation of tyres and to implement effective inventory management, the Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) has put in place, a ‘tyre card’ system.
“The corporation spends between Rs. 7 lakh and Rs. 9 lakh every month on new tyres, retreading and overall management of tyres,” said D. R. Murugesan, Managing Director of PRTC. “This system should help us keep track of the lifespan and maintenance of every tyre, as well as driving methods of the drivers. It will also help us bring down expenditure,” he said.
Explaining how the system works, Mr. Murugesan said that each tyre, when issued to the corporation, will come with a ‘tyre card’, similar to an employee card, with its own unique number. The card will also contain details, such as the registration number of the vehicle it is fitted in and odometer readings. When the bus comes in to the workshop everyday for inspection, the wear-and-tear suffered by the tyre is evaluated, and entered into the tyre card. This way, drivers can also be pulled up for improper driving, he elaborated.
The tyre card will also help determine when a tyre is due for retreading, and minimise the possibilities of tyres being disposed before the end of their life, he added.
This system would be applicable to the tyres of all PRTC buses, with new tyres being fitted on to inter-state buses, and retreaded ones, to intra and urban route buses.
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