TMSystem could have averted Chemical Truck / Tanker Fire on M1

The recent incident that caused a Chemical Truck / Tanker to burn to the ground on the Brisbane / Gold Coast M1 (4th August 2017) could have been mitigated / averted if a qualified fit- for- purpose Tyre Monitoring System was utilised- see ABC news article.

The incident is still under investigation, however the reported cause of the fire was from the Tyre Wheel Well of the Truck / Tanker Tyres as a result of Locked Brakes. The image of the fire's progress (from the Trailer / Truck Rear Drive Wheels) validates that the fire did not start from the Truck Engine

The tyre fire caused massive and expensive loss of an asset, traffic flow restrictions, business interruption, extensive use of emergency services, etc and could have potentially caused other catastrophic consequences / ramifications.

LSM Technologies Tyre Pressure / Temperature Monitoring (TMS) would have alerted the driver if the Wheel Rim / Tyre temperature if it exceeded 80 degC and  combined with our FSMTM Fleet Safety Management System GPS / GSM Telemetry Tracking / Web Based System would have also alerted the Drivers Despatch.

As we have provided in other LSM related news articles, many heavy industrial industries and OH&S Authorities  / Regulators have already changed their Tyre Management Guidelines / Standards to include TMSystems. Even Internationally (USA, Japan, Korea, EU), TMSystem have been mandated / legislated TMSystem for the Passenger and Light Truck..

Tyres are a critical vehicular components that provide optimisation (correctly inflated) Braking, Tracking, Stabilisation and Control. With no more than a hand print of contact area / tyre to carry the extensive loading and speed that these vehicles operate, the proper care and management of tyres can not be understated.

This incident (one of so many), once again highlights the requirements for TMSystem Technology to be mandated / legislated by Road Authorities / Regulators for our On and Off Road Transport so as to enhance safety on the roads for Drivers and the Public.

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Published Tuesday 15 Aug, 2017 by Peter Woodford