Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership

The illegal selling of part-worn tyres continues to be a major factor affecting tyre safety and so road safety organisations and Trading Standards play a huge role in tackling this issue.

The illegal selling of part-worn tyres continues to be a major factor affecting tyre safety and so road safety organisations and Trading Standards play a huge role in tackling this issue.  


Why did Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership get involved?

Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) wanted to get involved in tyre safety campaigns due to the number of road traffic collisions that were caused by illegal or defective tyres in the county. It was also acknowledged that in the current economic climate there was an increased risk of drivers delaying new tyre purchases as well as more considering cheaper part-worn options.

What did Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership do?

SSRP established two objectives for to the campaign; to raise public awareness about the importance of correct tyre maintenance, and to ensure that tyre retailers were complying with legislation on part worn tyres. Together with Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards Team and Staffordshire Police they organised stop checks for drivers to examine their tyres and offer advice. They sought inspect retailers to ensure that the selling of part worn tyres complied with legal safety requirements.

The result

Prior to the initiative, at least 20 businesses across the county were identified as selling part worn tyres. With the help of Trading Standards officers other retailers were identified and inspections were made and advice given where necessary. One particular outlet failed to reach required safety standard for the sale of part worn tyres which led to the arrest of two people. During October’s Tyre Safety Month over 400 vehicles were stopped at high profile check sites on key commuter route road network.

Get involved

If you like what Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership did and want to play your part in supporting Tyre Safety Month and making our roads safer, then call TyreSafe on 01787 226995 or email theteam@tyresafe.org
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