By Denna Bowman
A new online initiative has been launched to promote truck tyres safety.
Tyresafe, the tyre safety organisation, has added truck safety information to its website and is promoting a truck tyres safety handout through its online presence.
Defective tyres represent a growing number of MoT failures in the HGV sector, with statistics recorded by VOSA showing that an MoT failure rate of 36.5 percent was recorded in 2007/8, with ‘condition of tyres’ ranking as the second most common failure defect.
The new TyreSafe web pages contain invaluable tyre safety advice for all members of the commercial vehicle community, including fleet managers, workshop managers, fleet inspectors and drivers and are designed to be informative and easily accessible.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of Tyresafe, said: “With fleet operators increasingly under pressure to ensure the provision of safe and roadworthy vehicles and VOSA officials now able to issue fixed penalty notices to drivers at the roadside, commercial vehicle users must be more vigilant than ever to ensure that their vehicles’ tyres are legal and correctly maintained.
“Making tyre maintenance a key priority allows commercial fleet operators to help ensure the safety of their drivers and reduce the number of accidents caused by defective tyres on our roads.
“TyreSafe’s new truck tyre safety guide provides a useful point of reference for safety information together with a set of practical tips.”