• Thermodial calls on more businesses to switch from vans to motorbikes to improve traffic congestion in cities and lower environmental impact.

  • Addition of motorbike to maintenance fleet saves Thermodial time and 53% in operating costs over commercial vans.

Thermodial – the leading Irish, commercial heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) maintenance company – is calling on businesses to switch service staff from company vans and cars to motorbikes as a means of reducing city traffic congestion while reducing business costs and environmental impact.

Thermodial has recently switched one of its engineers from a commercial van to a Yamaha motorbike which enables him to beat city traffic and improve customer response times by between 10 and 30 minutes per call. The lower cost of operating a motorbike is also delivering a financial dividend for Thermodial with operational costs showing a 53% saving for the motorbike versus a diesel van.

The company believes there are many more businesses that could switch all or some of their fleet to motorbikes for their own, customers’ and the wider community’s benefit.

Thermodial’s Managing Director, Mr Turlough Kinane said: “Switching a percentage of mobile service and sales staff to motorbikes is just common sense. We are just two months into operating the motorbike and we have already noticed a significant reduction in our customer response times compared to our van-driving engineers. We are saving between 10 and 30 minutes in callout times and have the scope to fit in more callouts on most days.

“We are a medium-sized company, so we won’t change the city or the world on our own, but I am sure there are many more companies, of all sizes, that could utilise motorbikes. If more businesses do so then we could make a contribution to the environment and ease city traffic congestion which is a real issue for businesses and residents alike. There are significant cost savings to be made as well, including reducing the number of car spaces businesses require for their fleets. We are actively considering adding more motorbikes to our fleet.”

Thermodial’s Derek Healy is the engineer assigned to the motorbike, he said: “I think this is a great initiative. I am more productive and less stressed as a result. I am also able to carry almost everything I need for a regular customer callout bar a ladder!”

The addition of a motorbike is not the first time the company has adopted new approaches to the composition of its service fleet. Last year Thermodial acquired an electric-powered service van for its financial, energy efficiency and environmental benefits.