March is one of the busiest times for MOTs and this month the Department for Transport is expected to check almost half a millions vehicles – many of which will fail due to unsafe or illegal tyres.
If a vehicle fails its MOT due to a tyre, the owner could face potentially paying an over-inflated price to replace it and get the vehicle back on the road in order to avoid the expense of booking in for a retest.
However, a few quick checks can help drivers avoid falling into this trap and all it takes is a few minutes, ideally a few days ahead of the test, so that bald or damaged tyres can be replaced beforehand at a competitive price.
Every legal tyre must adhere to these requirements in order to pass its MOT:
* tread depth must not be below the legal limit of 1.6mm throughout a continuous band across the central three quarters and around the entire circumference
* there must be no signs of serious cuts, bulges or other damage
* it must be of an appropriate speed and load rating for the vehicle
* Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) fitted to vehicles first registered after 1 January 2012 must be working correctly and not indicating a malfunction
All vehicles must have a valid MOT by either:
* the third anniversary of its registration
* the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over three-years-old
Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 and face prosecution for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT and ignorance is not an excuse: drivers can click here to check the MOT status of their vehicle immediately.
etyres operate a mobile tyre fitting and puncture repair service, which means customers do not have to worry about driving their vehicle to a garage on unsafe or illegal tyres. etyres also offer a same day fitting service, subject to availability, and fit new tyres at MOT centres for customers who do not want to pay the expensive prices quoted by garages.
Denna Bowman, Head Office