Alarming figures reveal that more than 170 motorists were convicted every week on average in 2012 for driving on defective tyres at magistrates’ courts in England and Wales.
According to the statistics obtained from the Ministry of Justice, in total around 10,228 car owners found themselves in court simply because their tyres were in a dangerous or defective condition, with 8,919 successful prosecutions taking place.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, commented: “These latest figures are incredibly worrying and reflect the ongoing challenge that we have in terms of raising the awareness about the importance of driving on safe and legal tyres.
“Regular checks which only take a few minutes to complete should be made at least once a month, yet it’s clear from these latest figures that many drivers are simply not taking these precautions, risking not only prosecution through the courts but more importantly, their safety on the road.”
One of the most essential items for drivers to check, particularly as the UK enters the wettest months of the year, is that their tyres meet the minimum legal tread depth.
Car tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference.
TyreSafe has developed a quick and easy tyre tread depth check to help drivers see if their tyres are legal using a 20p coin. Drivers simply need to insert the coin into the main grooves of the tyre. If the outer band of the 20p is visible when inserted, then the tyre may not have sufficient depth and may need replacing.
Other areas for drivers to inspect include the condition of the tyre, paying particular attention to any cuts, lumps of bulges in the tyre, and ensuring the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
Motorists who need new tyres can save time and money by ordering from etyres. The online tyre retailer supplies and fits competitively priced tyres to suit all budgets, including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands. Customers also benefit from etyres free mobile service which means they can have their new tyres fitted at their home or work at a time that suits them.
Denna Bowman, Head Office