By Denna Bowman
Fleet car drivers should share the responsibility for making sure their tyres are safe and legal, rather than just relying on the company and the fleet manager, according to the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation.
TyreSafe was posed the question about the need to concern themselves about the state of their tyres in an interview with Fleet magazine.
In a detailed response, the organisation stated: “Absolutely. Tyre safety is of critical importance to company car drivers and one they need to take a great degree of responsibility over. For example, insufficient tread depth may lead to longer braking in the wet and low pressures will lead to a higher risk of suffering a blowout. To avoid these types of dangerous incidents, drivers should make regular checks on pressure, condition and tread depth. Drivers should also remember that if they are found to be driving on illegal tyres, they, rather than the company, could face a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
“Although there is a weight of responsibility with company car drivers, fleet managers also have a duty of care and responsibility. Companies must ensure that they have suitable policies and procedures in place to make drivers aware of their responsibilities. They should also ensure that drivers are properly trained to perform relevant tyre checks and that these checks are carried out.”
TyreSafe is a not for profit organisation established to help raise awareness of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.