A survey of 1,200 van drivers found that nearly 40% do not check their tyres regularly for damage.
As a result of the findings Swinton Commercial, which carried out the questionnaire, is backing the campaign by TyreSafe, the UK’s leading tyres safety group, which highlights the dangers of driving with defective tyres.
The campaign is aimed specifically at van drivers and the insurance company is calling on its customers to heed he advice.
Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Commercial, said, “Van drivers and business owners should check their tyres on a regular basis, maybe doing it at the same day and time each week to make it a regular habit. That way they can spot defective tyres and have them repaired to avoid fines and penalty points.”
Tyresafe launched a new van tyre safety section on its website after VOSA revealed that “condition of tyres” remains the most frequent prohibition defect at spot checks on light goods vehicles across the country.
Swinton Commercial is also warning van drivers of the possible consequences of being caught driving with defective tyres. Van drivers can expect a personal fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each defective tyre. This is also likely to have an adverse effect on future van insurance quotes.
Denna Bowman, Head Office