Almost 20,000 cars failed their MOT due to faulty or defective Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) between April 2014 and March 2015, according to new statistics.
Not only is this an enormous frustration for UK motorists, but it is also endangering the lives of the drivers, their passengers and other road users.
The fitment of TPMS became mandatory on all new passenger vehicles on 1st January 2015 and is designed to help drivers ensure their tyre pressures are correct while driving.
However, this latest data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency clearly reveals that thousands of British motorists are failing to maintain this essential road safety system.
Now TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, is urging all vehicle owners to regularly check their TPMS is fully functional to reduce risks of tyre-related incidents on the roads.
TPMS provides drivers with information on their tyre pressures while the vehicle is being driven. It does this by either using individual sensors mounted to the valve inside the tyre, sending data wirelessly to the control unit, or by calculating the pressure using the ABS system. However, either system can fail.
Regular checks and servicing will help ensure your TPMS system continues is operating properly. If the TPMS sensor does need replacing, it should never be replaced with a ‘standard’ valve – you’re not only increasing your risks on the road but your vehicle is also likely to fail its MOT.
If a vehicles tyres are below the recommended pressure, they are more vulnerable to damage, negatively affect how the vehicle brakes and corners, and can cause increased tyre wear and fuel consumption.
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “Ensuring tyre pressures are correct is a cornerstone of road safety. TPMS is a potentially life-saving technology which helps the driver monitor those pressures when they need it most – out on the road.
“As with all safety systems, drivers need to check their TPMS is fully-functioning regularly, not only to pass the MoT but to help reduce the risks of a tyre-related incident whenever they drive.’
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Denna Bowman, Head Office