Part worn tyres are being sold in the UK despite being dangerous and illegal. It’s a message TyreSafe has been driving home for years, but the trend continues to rise.
Now the UK’s leading tyre safety group is employing a new tack to get the message across. Its latest part worn tyres = part safe campaign is built around a short film using black humour to highlight the risk of fitting secondhand tyres.
In a series of true-to-life sales pitches, the “Fit and Hope” tyre dealer delivers deadpan descriptions to typically unsuspecting customers about the reality of fitting part worn tyres to their vehicles:
“Only a small bulge. A month in hospital or worse.”
“Possible loss of vehicle control. I mean, if you were to drive on it your next journey could well be in an ambulance.”
“Only one nail. Keep your distance. If the tyres don’t stop you the car in front will.”
Risk of fitting part worn tyres
Even though there are clear regulations surrounding the sale of part worns, TyreSafe and Trading Standards investigations consistently uncover an alarming number with poor puncture repairs, internal damage and even nails in them.
It might surprise you that all the tyres featured in the Fit and Hope video were purchased from part worn retailers or seized during TyreSafe and Trading Standards’ joint investigations.
More than five million part worn tyres are sold each year to motorists in the UK despite widespread concern at their safety and of the competence of retailers. Recent investigations revealed as many as 94 per cent of the tyres tested do not comply with current regulations. Plus an alarming 58 per cent have safety-related defects.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of Tyresafe, warned: “Unfortunately, each time TyreSafe carries out an investigation to monitor how part worn tyres are sold in different regions of the UK, the findings remain worryingly similar. Part worns are regularly being sold by retailers who, at best, do not fully understand their obligations under the law, or, at worst have little concern for the safety of those buying their tyres.
“All too often part worn means part safe, so TyreSafe recommends you don’t fit them and hope but buy new tyres as you can be sure of their safety.”
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