By Denna Bowman
The high levels of risk linked with buying part worn tyres have been revealed in a shocking trading standards investigation.
Trading standards officers for Birmingham City Council examined a selection of part worn tyres being sold in the city and found that nine out of ten failed to meet the minimum legal standards.
Among the failures were tyres which had nails embedded, illegal tread depth, exposed cords, inadequate markings and one tyre which was 17-years-old.
The investigation comes just weeks after TyreSafe found that more than one in ten drivers is more likely to buy part worn tyres compared with 12 months ago and formed part of an ongoing programme by Birmingham City Council to tackle the problem.
This year was its ninth annual investigation and saw it buy ten tyres from retailers across the city.
Over the course of the entire programme, the team bought and tested more than 190 part worn tyres with 25 percent found to have some form of structural defect.
In this year’s survey 30 percent of tyres had structural failings including illegal tread depth and a nail embedded in the casing while 90 percent did not have the correct markings required by law, which identify them as a part worn tyre.
Cllr Neil Eustace, chairman of Birmingham Public Protection Committee, said: “We are disappointed by the increase in this year’s failure rates.
“Over the last nine years we have made significant efforts and progress in educating traders across the city about their responsibilities in selling part worn tyres.
“However, the latest results show that this is not a problem we can forget about and requires a programme of ongoing policing and education.”