By Denna Bowman
More than 30 per cent of cars checked at a Shropshire school were revealed to have illegal tyres, according to a study by Falken tyres.
An evaluation at Moorfield Primary School in Newport found that eight out of 25 parents’ cars checked were fitted with illegal tyres. The car park check also identified one tyre with a nail in it and a further two had tyres over 10 years old.
Matt Smith, Falken’s UK director, said: “The results today confirm what our dealers are saying. There are a significant proportion of cars running on illegal or dangerous tyres.”
“Tyres are a crucial element in road safety and for a number of reasons it is often a distress purchase, left until the last minute.”
Mrs Su Plant, headmistress at Moorfield Primary School, said: “We were surprised at the results. We regularly address road safety with the children, but it would seem that parents need more information about the importance of tyre safety.
“We thank Falken for its proactive attitude and for providing this service to the parents.”
Falken cited the current economic strain felt by families as a key factor. To improve the safety of children being transported to the school, it provided vouchers for free tyres and fitting to the first five owners with illegally worn or damaged tyres.
Paula Holloway was one of the five to receive replacement tyres for her car. “I am extremely grateful to receive two tyres for my FIAT,” says Paula.
“Tyres are not something I think about but today made me realise how important they are.”
Following the success of the event in Shropshire, Falken is planning to roll it out to other schools across the UK.
Smith added: “Based on our findings here in the Midlands, it would seem that there is much to do to educate the public about checking tread depth.”
etyres offer a wide range of tyres to suit all budgets, including Falken and the premium tyre brands such as Bridgestone and Michelin. Its convenient mobile service also means customers can have their tyres fitted at their home or work at a time that suits them.