By Denna Bowman
A safety campaign is being launched to make sure that people who try to save money by fitting used tyres are not putting their lives at risk.
Cumbria Police and Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards team are targeting sellers after it was revealed that 98% of part worn tyres that are sold are not road safe.
It is estimated that more than four million part worn tyres are now sold annually in the UK and each one is required to be inspected against criteria including its structural integrity, tread depth and standard of repairs.
Angela Jones, Trading Standards Service Manager, told the Westmorland Gazette: “As household finances remain squeezed, we know that more drivers are turning to part worn tyres.
“While we maintain that new tyres are the safest option, we need to ensure that those opting for part worns buy only those which comply with legal requirements in order to minimise any safety risks.”
PC Shaun McKeown, a Forensic Vehicle Examiner for Cumbria Constabulary, said: “We are committed to checking every aspect of tyre safety and will be working alongside Trading Standards to check local garages to make sure that the tyres which are being sold are fit for purpose.
“In these financially difficult times, it is understanding that people will look to save some money and by a tyre which they believe is ok but at a cost price. We want to make sure that people are not putting their lives at risk.”
Cost-conscious customers can find the best deals for new tyres by shopping around and particularly checking out prices on the internet.
etyres operate a mobile fitting service which means its overheads are low and the savings are passed on to customers with highly competitive prices for all new tyres, including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands, such as Bridgestone, Michelin and Pirelli.