Truck and Track Summer 2023

Truck and Track Summer 2023 78 WHEEL ALIGNMENT PSV operator, Go South Coast has invested in a number of state-of-the-art wheel aligner systems to provide a more accurate and faster service, while keeping workshop costs down. Go South Coast runs 150 bus routes in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. It owns brands including Bluestar, Damory, Hants & Dorset Trim, Excelsior, Morebus, Salisbury Reds, Southern Vectis, Swindon’s Bus Company, and Tourist Coaches. The company was using a sub-contractor to carry out about 60 wheel alignments per month for its fleet of 800 buses - the procedure being carried out as part of MOT tests and every time a replacement steering component was required. Steve Hamilton, engineering director for Go South Coast, said: “We regularly look at ways to increase efficiencies and that includes analysing our highest spends with sub-contractors. It became apparent to us that doing our own wheel alignments had the potential to save us money. However, our in-house equipment was designed for older buses and would simply not give us the accuracy we needed on newer ones.” Go South Coast approached Automotive Equipment Solutions (AES UK), a leading provider of commercial vehicle alignment equipment. AES provided free trials of the Josam cam-aligner upgrade kit, specifically designed for commercial passenger vehicles. Consequently, Go South Coast bought four of the machines for its depots in Eastleigh, Isle of Wight, Poole, and Salisbury. Go South Coast also opted for the bus kits with AES’ integrated, military grade tablets. By having live adjustment data on a robust portable device, the technician can take the tablet down into the inspection pit and perform adjustments with pin-point accuracy avoiding the need for further adjustment. Josam Cam-aligners from AES UK are cost-saving “no-brainer” for major bus operator