Illegal car tyres and incorrect pressure could have led to a fatal accident which claimed the lives of two young sisters, a court heard this week.
Two of the tyres fitted to the Ford Focus had illegal tread and the pressures in all four tyres were wildly divergent, Norwich Crown Court was told.
A police accident investigator concluded that these issues, along with fact that the road was damp, could have contributed to the accident.
The young girls lost their lives when the vehicle veered off the road, crashed into a ditch and rolled into a wooden gate.
The driver of the vehicle revealed she had booked the car into a local garage to get the tyres checked. However, the court was told she had failed to attend the appointment.
The tragedy has shattered the lives of everyone involved in the accident.
In 2012, the number of drivers killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads as a result of a dangerous, illegal or under-inflated tyres was recorded as 194 casualties, according to the Department for Transport.
The legal minimum tread depth for tyres in the UK is 1.6mm. This 1.6mm should be in a continuous band throughout the central three-quarters of the tread width, throughout the whole of the circumference. Without this, the tyres ability to grip, brake and corner in the wet are significantly reduced, raising the risk of the vehicle being involved in an accident.
Denna Bowman, Head Office