Motorist fined £300 for driving on illegal tyres

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Driving on three illegal tyres has landed a Derby motorist with a £300 fine, total costs of £105 and three points on his licence – but the sentence could have been a lot worse!

Vicki Butler Henderson demonstrates how to check tyre tread depth to reduce the risk of aquaplaning

This should serve as a warning to drivers who are putting off buying new tyres because they don’t want to spend the money or didn’t realise their tyres were illegal.

The maximum fine for driving on an illegal tyre is £2,500 and three points on your driving licence. So Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’s Court could have imposed a much heavier penalty.

The legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of breadth of the tread and around its entire outer circumference. If you are not sure how to check your tyre tread depth, click here to watch our short video which features Vicki Butler Henderson showing you how quick and easy it is to make sure your tyres have got plenty of tread.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all budgets, including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands. Many motorists put off buying new tyres because they want to avoid the expense, but the cost of not replacing your tyres can far exceed the price you pay to stay safe on the roads. As well as fines and court costs, motorists who drive on illegal and unsafe tyres also increase the risk of being involved in an accident, face the possibility of having their vehicle insurance invalidated and their premium increased.

So instead of asking if you can afford new tyres, ask yourself if you can afford NOT to have them!

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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