By Denna Bowman
The sale of illegal and dangerous part-worn tyres is going to come under increased scrutiny by Trading Standards Officers as part of a clamp down inspired by TyreSafe.
A webinar organised by the leading tyres safety group has prompted the action after it exposed the scale of the part-worn tyres problem.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “We’ve been leading the way in campaigning about the safety risks posed by the sale of part-worn tyres so it’s fantastic to see that we have caught the attention of so many Trading Standards Officers.
“There was a real appreciation from many attendees that they have a problem locally with part worn tyres but until now, they’ve not really been sure how to tackle this effectively.
“The webinar acted as a great way for us to provide some ideas and assistance which we hope will see a significant improvement in the standards of part worn tyres being sold.”
The webinar was the latest initiative from TyreSafe to address and highlight the potential safety risks for consumers when buying part worn tyres.
The organisation recently conducted its own mystery shopper investigation where it bought 50 part won tyres and found 98 percent had been sold illegally and more worryingly, more than third were found to be dangerous. One tyre was even described by the independent examiner as having “the potential to kill.”
Tyre safety remains a major road safety concern in the UK. The latest figures available from the Department For Transport show that in 2011, more than 1,100 road casualties resulted from accidents where an illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were a contributory factor.
Jackson added: “We’re looking forward to helping as many Trading Standards Officers around the country carry out local investigations and initiatives.”
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