Did you know that if you are caught driving on the UK roads with illegal tyres you could face a fine up of to £2,500 and three points on your driving licence – and that is for each defective tyre?
Unfortunately many motorists only discover they have a problem with their tyres when they take their vehicle for an MOT or service, and if they are really unlucky they find out if they are stopped by the police and end up facing these penalties!
The police take a very dim view of motorists caught driving on illegal tyres, because they so often have to deal with the tragic consequences caused by illegal tyres.
TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, has given officers a boost in their bid to reduce the number of illegal tyres on our roads by donating calibrated tread depth gauges to Britain’s largest motorway police group to assist with its tyre safety policy.
The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) is responsible for over 400 miles of Britain’s busiest motorway network, reaching from the Welsh borders through to Cheshire and across to the East of Birmingham and comprising specially trained officers from the West Midlands, West Mercia and Staffordshire police forces.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “TyreSafe is proud to draw on the direct support of many of the bluelight services across Britain, including the Chief Fire Officers Association and many of the police services.
“These dedicated professionals all too often have the regrettable task of dealing with the consequences of drivers’ not properly maintaining their tyres, sometimes under the worst possible circumstances. However, they also play a key role in spreading awareness of tyre safety in their routine engagement with Britain’s motorists and it is in this capacity that TyreSafe is only too pleased to offer its support in assisting with their preventative and educational advice.
“We hope this presentation of tread depth gauges to the CMPG will enhance the group’s ability to reduce the number of tyre-related incidents across its network.”
Superintendent Paul Keasey, the commanding officer of CMPG, added: “One of the primary roles of the CMPG’s is to assist in the reduction of killed and seriously injured casualties across our network. Identifying vehicle defects which have the potential to cause accidents and injuries is a significant part of that, and any support which increases drivers’ willingness to take responsibility for their vehicle’s roadworthiness is welcomed.
“Motorists should consider that they have the option to take responsibility for tyre safety, and it is better for all concerned that they do so rather than one of the CMPG officers who take a dim view of negligence.”
The minimum legal tread depth for a cars tyre is 1.6mm across the middle three-quarters of its circumference. To see how close the tyre is to that limit, simply insert a 20p at several points across the width and around the diameter, checking whether the outer border of the coin is visible at any point.