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Nearly 10 million cars could be fitted with illegal tyres in the UK

Tuesday 09 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Nearly 10 million cars could be fitted with illegal tyres in the UK

Nearly 10 million cars could be fitted with illegal tyres in the UK

Almost 10 million UK motorists could be driving in a car fitted with illegal tyres, new research has found.

Conducted by TyreSafe and in conjunction with Highways England, the survey looked at 340,000 replaced tyres at 819 outlets across the country – and found that 27 per cent were illegal at the time they were replaced.

Motorists could see themselves slapped with a £2,500 fine and three penalty points if they were found to be travelling in a car with insufficient tyre tread depth. The car would also fail its MOT – or worse.

Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, said: “The tread depth survey results are a concern. Figures from the Department for Transport show that dangerous tyres are the largest single contributory factor in road accidents resulting in casualties of any vehicle defect – including brakes.

“If the number of casualties from tyre-related incidents is to be reduced on our roads, the UK’s motorists need to change their attitude to this primary safety feature and carry out regular checks to ensure their vehicle’s tyres are roadworthy.”

The research also revealed that of those drivers questioned, 20 per cent have never checked their tyres – and the remaining majority of motorists don’t regularly inspect them.

Jackson added: “The concern comes not just from the number of illegal tyres at the point of replacement, but also the proportion which were below 2mm – those with just 0.4mm left (half the thickness of a bank card) before reaching the 1.6mm legal minimum.”