There are almost six million part-worn tyres that don’t meet minimum safety standards on UK roads, according to a shocking new report.
Research by LV= car insurance claims around 23 million part-worn tyres have been sold in the UK since 2009, but a quarter of these were illegal meaning 1.5 million motorists have bought sub-standard rubber, putting themselves and other road users at risk.
Many cash-strapped motorists are tempted to buy dangerous part-worn tyres as they struggle to meet the rising costs of maintaining and running their vehicle.
The UK has strict rules on the condition and sale of part-worn tyres under the Consumer Protection Act which means that second-hand tyres must be stamped ‘part-worn’ on the side to show that the tyre has been checked and meets all legal requirements.
However, more than half (51%) of British motorists who have purchased second-hand tyres in the past five years were not aware of this legal requirement – and only two in five (41%) said the products they bought were appropriately labelled.
Insufficient tread will reduce a tyres performance and make brakes less effective, potentially resulting in skidding, and increasing the distance needed to stop. Over the past five years, more than half a million (570,000) motorists who have bought second hand tyres say they have skidded while they had the tyres on their car and an additional 512,000 said their car took longer to stop than usual.
Driving with unsafe tyres not only poses a safety threat, it is also a criminal offence which can result in fines of £100 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
Some motorists are tempted to buy part-worn tyres because they have limited budgets, however this can turn our to be a false economy in the long run.
A safer option is to invest a few more pounds in brand new economy range tyres, which will have plenty of tread and will not have a history of previous damage or repairs.
John O’Roarke, Managing Director of LV= car insurance, said: “In the current economic climate, motorists are understandably looking to cut costs wherever they can and buying quality, used tyres is one way to do this. Unfortunately some second-hand tyres sold do not meet the legal safety requirements and are not fit for the road, putting motorists at risk of a criminal conviction or worse.”
etyres supply and fit a comprehensive selection of new tyres to suit all budgets, including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands, at highly competitive prices. Its customers also benefit from a current tyres promotion offering £25 off four or more new tyres and a discount of £10 on two or three new tyres.
Denna Bowman, Head Office