A campaigning mum, whose son was killed in a devastating coach crash, is urging festival goers and transport bosses to make tyre safety a priority ahead of the summer festivals, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Michael Molloy was just 18 when he and two others from Merseyside died on a coach heading home from the Bestival festival on the Isle of Wight in 2012.
Since the tragic accident, Michael’s mum Frances, has campaigned for stricter rules on tyre safety after an inquest heard a 19-year-old tyre had blown on the Bestival coach.
However, while she urged festival goers to inspect their tyres or get them properly checked before setting off over the coming weeks and months, Ms Molloy crucially also warned coach operators and drivers to do the same to keep their passengers safe.
And she stressed the need for anyone who has concerns about the state of the tyres fitted to a vehicle they will be travelling in, to flag them up to staff immediately.
In a heartfelt plea, she said: “You have to take care of your tyres, and not compromise on safety. People think they will be okay, but it’s often a very long journey and even more important to check in this heat – it has a real effect on rubber.”
Ms Molloy continued: “When you are on a coach you rightly expect others to do safety checks. I’m asking coach operators, especially in festival season, to check their tyres are not defective or more than 10 years old.
“The consequences of not doing checks are catastrophic, as in the crash that killed my son Michael. Kerri Ogden also died at just 23, and the driver Colin Daulby. Many others had serious injuries. All my son did was go to Bestival because of his love of music, and get a coach home.
“But he lost his life as people hadn’t taken the safety of the vehicle as safely as they should.”
Ms Molloy was speaking ahead of the launch of the Tyred Campaign on Friday 30 June 2017. Backed by leaders from the tyre and transport industry and politicians, the campaign seeks to tackle the issue of old tyres being used to legally transport children, families and the elderly on UK coaches every day.
Denna Bowman, Head Office