TyreSafe remind road users in Scotland about the dangers of part worn tyres

TyreSafe remind road users in Scotland about the dangers of part worn tyres

08 May

By Clarissa Hearn

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BBC Scotland in association with TyreSafe have discovered dangerous second-hand part worn tyres being sold illegally at garages in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.

The BBC bought 10 tyres and had them tested by an industry expert Stephen Dolby.

Stephen found three of the tyres were not safe to be put back on the road and a further five were sold without the legal "part-worn" stamp. Only two of the 10 tyres were both roadworthy and stamped as required by law.
The defects in the remaining tyres were shocking with poor puncture repairs, a deep cut caused by glass exposing the inner rubber and significant damage in the bead area, which could cause a loss of air once the tyre was fitted on to a rim.

Only one of the seven dealers involved had performed the safety checks required to stamp and approve part worn tyres for sale. 

TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said: "Dangerous and non-compliant tyres are very commonly sold by part-worn retailers to unsuspecting motorists, so it is regrettably no surprise that the majority of those bought by the BBC were unsafe and illegally supplied."

"Drivers should also remember part-worn [tyres] have already been used and only need to be sold with 2mm of tread, giving them a reduced lifespan and making it necessary to change them more frequently."

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