Tyre survey presents industry with ‘golden opportunity to inform future safety policy’ says TyreSafe


Having produced startling results from the first phase, TyreSafe is asking all tyre replacement service outlets to support an even larger and more comprehensive second round of its survey of tyres at the point of replacement.

Once again being conducted in partnership with Highways England, the survey aims to build on the existing substantial sample to offer greater insight into the condition of the nation’s tyres. Data collation will begin on 1st October 2015 and the results will provide intelligence-led information to inform future tyre safety policy.

Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: “The industry has been saying for many years that there is an issue with the consumer’s attitude towards tyre safety as we see a worryingly high proportion of dangerous, defective and illegal tyres fitted to vehicles on a daily basis. What was needed was evidence to support that belief and the first phase of the TyreSafe survey provided that with confirmation that up to 10 million illegal tyres could be on Britain’s roads in 2015 alone. What we need to do now is build on that first phase and compile an even greater body of evidence.

“TyreSafe calls on all tyre replacement outlets to participate in what is a golden opportunity for the industry to inform future road safety policy.”

TyreSafe would like all retailers, whether TyreSafe members or not, who can provide accurate data to participate in the initiative. All that is required is for retailers to complete a sheet on a weekly or monthly basis detailing the whether the car or LCV tyres replaced were below 1.6mm; between 1.6mm and 2mm; or above 2mm. TyreSafe provides all participants with the template and any support which maybe require to complete it.

Those wishing to participate are requested to contact theteam@tyresafe.org (or call 01787 221027). More information on the first phase of the TyreSafe tread depth survey can be found here.

Highlights of the first phase of TyreSafe’s tread depth at the point of replacement:

  • Over 100,000 car & LCV tyres surveyed by 810 outlets across Britain:
  • Over 27% illegal
  • Nearly 40% between 1.6mm and 2mm (borderline)
  • Over 66% illegal/borderline combined
  • Potentially 10 million illegal tyres on Britain’s roads in 2015
  • Potentially one in every four cars & vans could have an illegal or defective tyre in 2015


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