The sale of dangerous tyres has led to the conviction of six retailers of part worn tyres in London – all within the space of one week.
The garages that sold the illegal tyres to unsuspecting motorists in the Brent and Harrow area faced a total of 36 charges of supplying unsafe tyres, not complying with the Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994.
All six pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay a total of £18,009.40 in fines, including individual penalties for company directors, costs and victim surcharges.
Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, TyreSafe and the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA), whose cooperation led to the successful convictions, all condemned the sale of the dangerous and incorrectly labeled tyres because they posed a threat to all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, commented: “One retailer wilfully selling dangerous tyres is one too many but the conviction of six in a week highlights just how many part worn dealers are flouting the law and their duty of care to the public.
“Tyres are a primary safety feature on a vehicle, significantly affecting braking and steering performance – fitting sub-standard tyres endangers lives. TyreSafe is committed to supporting investigations which can lead to the prosecution and conviction of unscrupulous dealers.”
While Stefan Hay, Director of the NTDA added: “The standards required for part worn tyres to be deemed fit for purpose is clearly laid out in the governing regulations – there’s no excuse for selling dangerous examples.
“It’s clear that far too many part worn retailers are not adhering to those legally-binding criteria, in some cases wilfully, and they must accept this endangers lives and gives the whole industry a bad reputation.
“The NTDA hopes these convictions will once again remind part worn retailers that they must ensure what they sell is safe and fit for purpose, both of which can be achieved through compliance with regulations.”
etyres supply and fit a wide range of brand new tyres to suit all budgets including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands. As TyreSafe warns: “Part worn tyres = part safe”.
Denna Bowman, Head Office