By Denna Bowman
Motorists are being urged to check that puncture repairs to their car tyres have been carried out properly after an investigation found one in three garages failed to meet the required safety standard.
The tyres warning comes after Trading Standards Officers across Greater Manchester revealed the results of their spot checks.
In some cases, punctures were being covered by patch repairs which can lead to water getting into the tyre and cause it to blow with potentially catastrophic results.
Punctures should be repaired from the inside and the hole should be plugged, not patched, to reduce the risk of water entering the tyre.
During the unannounced inspections of 108 outlets across Greater Manchester, trading standards officers issued advice and written guidance to staff working at premises which were not meeting the required standards, and follow-up checks will be conducted at these sites.
etyres offers a mobile puncture repair service and adheres to British Standard guidelines. All its mobile fitting vans carry a BSAU 159 Standards Gauge. If the puncture is in the shoulder or side-wall of the tyre it cannot be repaired.
Motorists can download a free Repairable Area Tread Gauge at http://www.etyres.co.uk/repairable-area-gauge to see beforehand if it is likely the tyre can be repaired.