Car tyres: New driving law could see may vehicles banned from the road for using old


New driving laws will make it mandatory for tyres to have a visible manufacturing date on the side of them to ensure older tyres are easier to spot. The new legislation will make it illegal for tyrues aged ten years or older to be fitted to the front wheels of lorros, buses and coaches or to any wheel on minibuses. 

Frances Molloy’s son Michael died in an accident in 2012 after the coach he was inside crashed. 

Further analysis of the incident found the vehicle had a 19 year old tyre fitted to the front axle and Mrs Molloy has since campaigned to have the law changed. 

The ban has been welcomed by specialists at TyreSafe who say the news ensuring tyres are “fit for purpose” was crucial for road safety.

Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe Chair said the ageing process of a tyre is one of many factors which can negatively affect their performance. 

He revealed how the new scheme would address concerns and “only reduce the risks” of a tyre related incident on the road.

He said: “As the Roads Minister says, ensuring tyres are fit for purpose is crucial – they provide the only point of contact between a vehicle and the road. 

“There are many factors which can negatively impact on their performance, and the ageing process is one which has quite reasonably received a lot of attention. 

“The government’s willingness to address that concern has to be welcomed as it can only reduce the risks of a tyre-related incident if those tyres are also correctly inflated, have at least the minimum legal tread depth and are otherwise in a roadworthy condition.

“The acknowledgement of the wide-spread safety concern over the safety of part worns being sold to the public is also very welcome.”

Research from TyreSafe has revealed that two-thirds of types they inspected in a recent poll were found to be unsafe.  

The RAC say that worn tyres mean the only contact patch between a driver and the road is not in its best conditions dn could be an “accident waiting to…



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