The message about the dangers of part-worn tyres has been driven home following an investigation carried out by experts from the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) and Trading Standards officers in Halton.
They discovered that four out of every 10 tyres inspected were either seized or withdrawn from sale because they did not meet legal safety standards after visiting a number of part-worn tyre suppliers in Runcorn and Widnes.
Stefan Hay, NTDA director said: “Part worn tyres may seem like a bargain to many motorists, but the facts speak for themselves.
“Across the UK, our visits, together with Trading Standards officers, have shown that in 99 per cent of inspections tyres were found that were not fit for purpose and in many cases in extremely dangerous condition.”
There are a host of rules and regulations that secondhand tyre sellers are supposed to adhere to, including the fact that the tyre must be marked with the words ‘part-worn’, has a minimum tread depth of 2mm all round (the legal limit is 1.6mm) and has has no large cuts or bulges.
Nationwide motoring and safety groups, including TyreSafe the UK’s leading tyre safety group, always recommend motorists buy new tyres as opposed to part-worn tyres.
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Denna Bowman, Head Office