The first took place in front of an audience of thirty road safety officers from the west of Scotland who spent the day learning about the intricacies of passenger car tyres. The presentation was made by Keith Thompson from ‘Training for Advancement’ a Kwik-Fit associated company.
A range of subjects were discussed from tyre construction and causes of premature removal to basic legislation. Delegates also made a close study of a selection of faulty/illegal tyres brought to the hotel which they found of particular interest.
The day concluded with an open forum when a broad range of issues relating to tyres were discussed and questions from the audience answered.
Jim Truscott, senior road safety officer and head of the West of Scotland Road Safety Forum later commented, “It is clear the seminar was an eye opener for road safety officers who tend to concentrate on speed, seat belt, drink drive and child issues. What we learned today was in many ways quite frightening and will lead the Forum to include tyre safety as in integral part of our future programmes.”
The successful presentation to road safety officers was followed two week later at the same venue by an equally fruitful presentation to West of Scotland trading standards officers.
Numbers on this occasion were restricted to fifteen to allow a more in depth study of tyres to be carried out with a more technically minded audience. Steve Colman of Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Limited fronted the presentation which was again followed by a discussion forum.
Both events once again emphasised the seminar programme has a clear value in highlighting the importance of tyre safety to audiences who would not routinely consider the subject to be a prime consideration in their day to day activities. All delegates commented on their change of attitude to the subject and the realisation of its importance in road safety.
Further seminar events will take place later this year in England.