As the only part of a vehicle in contact with the road surface, tyres play a critical role in road safety. Acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on the tyres’ relatively small contact area with the road surface so their correct selection, care and maintenance is essential. However, each year in the UK, more than 1200 road casualties are caused by an incident where illegal defective or under-inflated tyres are a contributory factor. To maximise road safety and prolong tyre life, a tyre’s pressure, tread depth and general condition should be checked regularly. When replacing tyres, fitting new tyres is the safest option. However, legislation does exist which permits the sale of part worn tyres, subject to them meeting a number of criteria. The sale of part worn tyres that do not meet these legal requirements is not only a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection Act, but also poses a serious safety risk to drivers, their passengers and other road users. For more information about part worn tyres, download our advice leaflet or visit our dedicated part worn website.
As arguably the primary safety feature on your vehicle, TyreSafe strongly recommends buying new tyres, not part-worn or ‘used’ tyres. Take a look at he information here or at www.partworn-tyres.co.uk to find out why. TyreSafe carried out multi-agency activity on part worn tyres last week with Trading Standards, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Police Scotland and North Ayrshire Council with worrying findings. All activity was captured by the BBC – you can find it here.