By Denna Bowman
TyreSafe has issued a stark warning to motorists about the dangers of purchasing part-worn cheap tyres.
The leading tyre safety organisation was alarmed by an independent investigation by Bristol Trading Standards West Country which revealed that ten second-hand tyres purchased from local retailers were all illegal.
Furthermore, tyres in the sample were also found to contain serious safety breaches and levels of neglect which could have resulted in their catastrophic failure, had they been fitted to a vehicle.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe which has carried out its own research into part worn cheap tyres, warned: “The results of the latest investigation once again emphasise the hidden dangers associated with buying part worn tyres.
“A very clear set of regulations exist to control the legal sale of used tyres but as we’ve seen time and time before, these are not being adhered to. As a result, drivers are taking a massive gamble with their lives if they decide to buy and fit these.”
While it is not illegal for used tyres to be sold by retailers, they must adhere to a number of regulations relating to their condition before offering them for sale.
Among the requirements needed for compliance are that the tyres must have undergone a thorough inspection, been pressure tested, have at least 2mm of tread depth and be permanently marked as part worn tyres.
Jackson added: “We commend Bristol Trading Standards in looking into this and would urge other councils to do similar as there is growing evidence that the sale of illegal part worn tyres is a widespread problem across the whole country.
“We understand that drivers continue to be squeezed by rising running costs, but when replacing your tyres, in our opinion, the safest and most economical option is to always fit brand new tyres.”
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