A faulty Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is now an automatic MOT fail on cars registered after 1 January 2012 and is already catching motorists out – many of whom do not even know they have it.
Millions of cars in the UK are now fitted with TPMS, which monitors the vehicles tyre pressure and will alert the driver to over or under-inflation, which is why TyreSafe is warning motorists to be aware of whether they have if and to be certain it is working, because as of 1 January 2015, a car displaying a TPMS fault when submitted for its MOT will result in a test failure.
To save you from a stressful situation when you MOT your car, the UK’s leading tyre safety group, has produced a simple TPMS video to help motorists understand the safety features of this technology.
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, explained: “Although TPMS technology has been around for decades, its inclusion in new model vehicles has only been mandated in Europe since 2012 and on all new cars since 2014. This led to a gradual introduction into the market over a period of years and with little or no fanfare to help educate motorists.
“Our members have been telling us that they’re encountering a lot of customers who either aren’t aware of how these systems work (and need to be maintained) or just see them as an expensive luxury rather than the crucial safety feature they are.
“This is why we have produced a video: to communicate the importance of TPMS and how to use it effectively. They make sure drivers know their tyre pressure when it’s most important – while they are driving.”
However, TyreSafe is also keen to point out that While the benefits of TPMS are widely recognised, it is important that they are not seen as a replacement for regular manual tyre safety checks. Pressures should be tested at least once a month or before any long journey, when the tyres are cold using an accurate and reliable pressure gauge.
When checking pressures, it is advisable to also give the rest of the tyre a thorough visual inspection as well as ensuring the tread is not excessively or unevenly worn.
Denna Bowman, Head Office