By Denna Bowman
An alarming 25% of company car drivers may be putting their safety at risk and breaking the law because they have never checked the tread depth of their tyres.
And a further 41 per cent confessed they had not checked their tyre treads over the last six months, according to the study by TyreSafe.
Both companies and employees have responsibility for tyre safety on fleet vehicles and those not making the necessary checks face fines and other penalties.
To simplify the task of checking tyre tread, companies are being encouraged to promote TyreSafe’s ‘lifesaver in your pocket’ initiative to their employees which encourages simple monthly checks, using a 20p coin.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of the tyre safety organisation, said: “As part of their health and safety obligations, companies should make sure that drivers understand their own individual responsibility towards tyre checks.
“Company car drivers typically cover around 20,000 miles per year, almost double that of private motorists so it is particularly important that they pay attention to their tyres.
“Our 20p lifesaver is a really quick and simple way of seeing if your tyres have enough tread to be safe and legal.
“By performing these checks just once a month, we believe the number of work-related accidents and cost to UK businesses can be dramatically reduced.”