The Government has launched a consultation into potential law banning older car tyres on certain types of vehicles. Under the new proposed law, tyres which are 10 years or older will not be legal on British roads. Vehicles which would be affected by the law, if it is introduced, is buses, coaches, lorries, and minibuses. If the proposal is accepted the law could be introduced by early 2020.
The consultation will also evaluate whether or not the ban should include private hire vehicles and taxis.
Announcing the consultation, Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis said: “Our priority is keeping people safe on our roads, and we are taking action to reduce the number of people killed or injured.
“There is increasing evidence that age affects the safety of tyres, which is why I think older tyres should not be used on large vehicles.
“I would like to thank Frances Molloy and the Tyred campaign for their work raising this important issue – the changes we are consulting on could save lives.”
Frances Molloy has been campaigning for safer tyres after her son Michael died along with two other people in a coach crash. The crash was caused as a result go a 19-year-old tyre.
She has collaborated with the Tyred campaign to push for a change in the law. The dangers of older car tyres are accelerated wear, potential tears, punctures or baldness.
Dangerous and illegal tyres can reduce grip, increase stopping distances and include several different errors. Motorists risk a £2,500 fine and three penalty points if they drive with a worn tyre.
If all four tyres on the car are worn below the legal limit, you could potentially lose your licence and face a £10,000 fine.
Neil Worth, GEM road safety officer said: “We rely on our tyres to keep us safe on journeys. After all, they provide the only contact between the car we’re driving and the road surface.
“In an extreme situation, correctly inflated tyres with good levels of tread will allow all the other safety systems on a car to work at their most effective.
“Inadequate tread or incorrect pressure mean one thing: the safety systems on your vehicle will not work as efficiently. That’s why regular checks on tyre inflation and tread depth are so important.
“There are severe penalties if you use worn or defective tyres. Each bald or defective tyre carries a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points.”