Dangers of buying used tyres highlighted on new website

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TyreSafe has launched a website highlighting the alarming dangers, real cost and legal regulations surrounding the sale of part worn tyres.

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The website www.partworn-tyres.co.uk has been created because millions of UK motorists are continuing to choose to risk their safety, plus put the lives of their passengers and other road users in danger, by purchasing secondhand tyres.

The sale of part worn tyres is legal, however worrying evidence shows a large proportion being sold are non-compliant with the clear legal regulations and far too many are defective and dangerous.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, commented: “Partworn-tyres.co.uk is TyreSafe’s latest initiative to inform the motorist of the risks they take when buying part worn tyres. Safety should be every driver’s primary concern and used tyres come with no guarantee that they’ll provide that. Even if a used tyre has passed all its regulatory checks – and there’s little evidence many are checked at all – it’ll need replacing much sooner than a new tyre, increasing the long term cost and inconvenience.

“TyreSafe urges motorists considering buying used tyres to reconsider and remember part worn means part safe.”

The website has been designed and optimised specifically to interrupt the purchase process of consumers when they are actively looking to buy part worns and encourage them to reconsider. It is designed to achieve this by ranking highly on search engine results pages when the term ‘part worn tyres’ is entered and then presenting consumers with the proven risks.

Most recently, an investigation by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards with assistance from TyreSafe resulted in the conviction of eight retailers on numerous counts of failing to mark part-worn tyres correctly and selling substandard tyres.

Visitors to the website will find examples of tyres offered for sale by unscrupulous dealers and discovered during such investigations. The description of the sometimes horrifying faults includes tyres which would have been likely to suffer catastrophic failure on fitment, while unsafe repairs, cuts and objects in the tread are also revealed.

The site also gives guidance on the false economy which part worn tyres represent to the buyer and lays out the regulations and checks which need to have been completed before they can legally be offered for sale.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all vehicles and, importantly, budgets. Prices start from as low as £44 for a brand new economy tyre with 8mm of tread and the price includes mobile tyre fitting, a valve, balancing, disposal of the old tyre and VAT.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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