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Millions of Brits potentially driving with Illegal Tyres

August 23, 2016

As many as 10 million tyres on UK roads could be illegal. This is one of the main conclusions of a new survey carried out by Tyresafe and Highways England. Over 340,000 replaced tyres were involved in the survey, and it also took place at 819 retail outlets. Over 27% of all the tyres replaced were already illegal at this point. As a result they were able to reach the 10 million figure.

Unfortunately for us at Lamb & Co, the data shows that our local North West region has the worst record for illegal tyres. Records show the highest percentage of illegal tyres are in the North West.  This new report has highlighted how little tyre safety appears to matter to UK vehicle owners.

An illegal tyre could cost a driver a £2,500 and three penalty points on their licence. Despite this many drivers could potentially be driving with one. Illegal tyres will also result in MOT failure and can lead to serious accidents and injuries.

Tyre safety and ensuring your tyres are in good condition is essential for driving safely. The tyres of your car is the only critical element which is in contact with the road as you drive. If they are not roadworthy, your vehicle’s safety is at risk. Unroadworthy tyres can affect the safety of the car’s braking system and steering system.

Tread Depth Matters

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Tread depth is an essential safety feature of all vehicles, but it many drivers forget about it. It has a critical impact on the time and distance it takes a vehicle to stop. This is especially relevant in wet and dangerous conditions. Legally tyres must have a minimum legal depth limit of 1.6mm.

Tyresafe has actively warned that higher numbers of dangerous and illegal tyres may be driven on the UK’s roads in 2017. This is if the current trend continues. With a clear increase from 2015 to 2016 road safety professionals, the government and drivers themselves need to play a role in prioritising tyre safety. Anyone who has any concerns about their tyres should contact a professional to avoid any potential risks.

Commenting on their findings, Stuart Jackson, Chairman of Tyresafe, said: “The Tread depth survey results are a concern. Figures from the Department for Transport show that dangerous tyres are the largest single contributory factor in accidents resulting in casualties of any vehicle defect – including brakes. If the number of casualties from tyre-related incidents is to be reduced on our roads, the UK’s motorists need to change their attitude to this primary safety feature and carry out regular checks to ensure their vehicle’s tyres are roadworthy.”

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