Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

28 July 2011

Tanzania: Drivers Endorse Michelin Tyres

AUTHORIZED dealer for Michelin tyres in Tanzania, Superdoll Trailer Manufacture Company Tanzania Limited, conducted a seminar in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday to educate drivers of upcountry buses on maintenance in a bid to reduce accidents.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event which was held at the Ubungo Upcountry Bus Terminal in Dar es Salaam, the company's Technical and Training Manager, Mr Eric Kihoro, said the training was meant to instruct drivers on Michelin XZ cool runner tyres.

"These tyres are specifically designed for buses. They are cost effective since they last longer compared to others in the market," he told journalists.

Mr Kihoro said his company had conducted a study and established that the products were durable and safe for long journeys.

Some drivers who spoke during the training also hailed the tyres, saying they were of high quality.

"I can use the tyres when travelling on rough or paved roads," said a driver with Meridian Express that plies the Dar es Salaam-Same route, Mr Hamad Rashid.

His views were echoed by another driver, Mr Khalid Lupembe, who noted, however, that drivers must adhere to required specifications.

"As a driver you should ensure that the tyre is filled, the bus travels on obligatory speed and carrying the required load," Mr Lupembe said.

He urged bus owners not to be scared away with higher prices for the tyres, saying they are worth it.

The owner of Al-Saedy buses, Mr Ahmed Awadh, said much as the Michelin tyres are expensive compared to others in the market, they are still cost effective since they are durable.

"We have been using them for the last 14 years and the results are good," he said.

According to Mr Kihoro, for buses which use the Michelin tyres they can save up to 12m/- per annum.

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