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Tyre Safety Campaign

Posted in General News on Friday, August 31st, 2018

The road safety campaigning group, TyreSafe has been working with Trading Standards to tackle the widespread problem of part worn tyre outlets selling illegal and unsafe tyres to unsuspecting motorists. Following investigations, the duo discovered that the vast majority of these outlets, that is 139 out of the 152 investigated, are selling illegal and unsafe tyres to motorists. During their investigations, which have spanned from London to Scotland, TyreSafe and Trading Standards have found that a large number of part worn tyre retailers are either ignoring their responsibilities or they simple do not have the required expertise to serve motorists properly. The duo has conducted a number of test purchases where they were sold faulty tyres. Some had water in them, some were the wrong size and some had nails or other objects embedded in them.

In a recent case Hemel Tyres in Hemel Hempstead was required to pay £7,000 in fines and legal costs after being taken to court by Hertfordshire Trading Standards and prosecuted for selling illegal tyres. In their conclusion of the case, the magistrates stated that if the retailer continued to sell illegal and unsafe tyres it is likely that the staff would face imprisonment. Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, commented: “TyreSafe applauds the magistrates’ comments and penalties in this latest conviction but it must be acknowledged that the retail of dangerous and defective tyres by part worn dealers is unacceptably commonplace nationwide. While the shocking findings of joint investigations may reveal some part worn dealers are compliant, even if it is fewer than one-in-ten, motorists have a 90 per cent chance of visiting an outlet selling illegal tyres. As far as TyreSafe is aware, there is no other retail sector with such an atrocious track record. Let’s remember these dealers are selling safety critical components - when tyres are driven in an unroadworthy condition, a vehicle’s braking and steering are compromised, and road users are put at significant risk of a catastrophic tyre failure.”

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