Government and tyre industry unite to reduce casualties

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etyres welcomes the news that the tyre industry and selective government agencies are set to work closer together and boost efforts to cut the number of tyre related casualties which occur every year on the UK’s roads.

The announcement comes following an extremely positive meeting hosted by the Parliamentary transport safety body, PACTs at the House of Commons last week which was attended by various MP’s and government agency representatives including Department for Transport, Highways Agency and Transport for London.

Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, commented: “This important meeting is set to help raise the profile of tyre safety to a new level. It’s clear that the tyre industry has a shared vision about how we can work collaboratively to help reduce road casualties further and with further support from government, its agencies and other stakeholders, I’m confident we can continue to make a real difference.”

Over the 18 month period between April 2013 and September 2014, the Highways Agency reported that it recorded 66,500 incidents (more than 3,600 per month) involving a wheel or tyre issue on the UK road network.

During the briefing, Jackson outlined clear evidence to support the argument that more work needs to be done to reduce tyre related casualties including data monitoring, education and enforcement. Attendees also heard from Tyre Industry Federation secretary Graham Willson who outlined ways in which the tyre industry has delivered other successful collaborative projects.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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