Hard-up motorists who buy part worn tyres because they need to save money are vulnerable to unscrupulous part worn tyre dealers, Two companies in Wembley and their directors have been fined for selling dangerous worn-out and damaged tyres.
Premier Tyres and Motors Ltd in Wycombe Road, Wembley, and 22-year-old company director Noorali Mahramali were found guilty of failing to mark part-worn and damaged tyres correctly.
During their visit to the premises officers from Brent Council’s trading standards team found the company had attempted to sell a tyre pierced by a rusty nail.
Mahramali and his company were ordered to pay a combined total of £2,575 in fines and costs at a hearing at Willesden Magistrates court on Tuesday.
The council crackdown on unsafe second hand tyres also fined KM Tyres in Magnet Road, and company director Qudratullah Karim combined costs of £2,663 for selling substandard second-hand tyres.
The penalties come just weeks after two part-worn tyre shops in Brent and their company directors were ordered to pay penalties running into thousands of pounds for selling unsafe part-worn tyres.
All of the fines are the result of an ongoing Brent Council trading standards operation, in which undercover officers test-purchase part-worn tyres at tyre businesses before they are independently examined by experts.
Cllr James Denselow, Brent Council’s cabinet member responsible for trading standards said: “As a cheaper alternative to buying a new tyre for a car, this kind of offence hits the poorer members of our community the hardest so the outcome of this case is particularly pleasing.
“If handled properly, part-worn tyres are perfectly legal and safe, but I would ask anyone thinking of buying a tyre, to check it carefully beforehand and look out for things such as cracks, tears, the state of the tread and of course, that it is properly marked as a part-worn tyre, before handing over the cash.
“These fines demonstrate just how unacceptable it is to put profit before driver and passenger safety in selling unsafe tyres. It should also serve as a warning to other tyre businesses that Brent Council’s trading standards team will never tire in their efforts to ensure that those who do cut corners, will also face the consequences.”