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Retailers unaware of safety issues with part worn tyres

Some retailers ‘not aware’ they need to check part worn tyres for safety issues before selling them to customers reveal car tyre specialists, Tyresafe.


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According to the, Tyresafe have investigated around 250 retailers over the past five years, 93 per cent were selling tyres illegally and failed to comply with regulations and 63 per cent of the 400 tyres inspected were considered unsafe to return to the roads.

Speaking to, TyreSafe spokesperson Jason Simms said: 

“Where part worn tyres are sold it is the seller’s obligation to inspect them. 

These tyres do not go through any kind of government checks, is up to the retailer, the person whose business it is to sell tyres, to check the tyre. 

By law they must put a stamp saying partly worn on it, anecdotally do you remember having seen any tyre any time anywhere with a part worn sticker on it, no.”

Over 1,200 road casualties are caused by an incident where an illegal or defective tyre is a contributory factor. 

If motorists use a tyre which is considered not to be up to standard, they run the risk of bring issued a heavy fine. Tyres not meeting the minimum tread depth limit can see motorists fined up to £2,500 per tyre in a major incident, not only this but motorists could also be considered for a dangerous driving charge if their tyres are considered to be in poor condition. 

TyreSafe say they want to see the capability of those fitting the tyres increase so retailers “know what they are doing”. 

Mr Simms revealed some retailers had even stopped selling part worn tyres after learning how dangerous they could be.

He told 

“Over the course of the years, we have seen a lot for retailers who genuinely were surprised at how dangerous some of the tyres were they were selling. 

“And they said, ‘do you know what, I didn’t realise tyres were such a complicated product, I’m not going to bother selling part worns anymore, it’s just too much of a risk’. 

“They were not aware of how important their role is in checking those tyres before they get fitted to a customers car.”




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