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Defective tyre prosecutions hit seven year high

17 September 2010

The number of drivers successfully prosecuted by courts in England and Wales for driving on defective tyres has risen by 14%. Information released by the Ministry of Justice and published by TyreSafe, shows that more than 4300 drivers were convicted in 2008. The figure is a seven year high, up from 3959 convictions in 2006.

Driving on over worn or damaged tyres is dangerous and inefficient. It significantly increases stopping distances and increases fuel consumption.

Current UK law requires car drivers to have a minimum of 1.6mm tread depth across the central three quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference. Drivers who fail to comply with the regulations face a fine of up to £2500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

RoadSafe joins TyreSafe in encouraging drivers to take a few minutes each month to check their tyre’s tread depth, pressure and general condition. October is Tyre Safety Month. Drivers who are unsure about how to check the condition of their tyres can visit one of the many hundreds of garages and tyre retailers who are offering free tyre safety checks as part of tyre safety month.

Alternatively, visit the TyreSafe website for more information and advice.

(Ministry of Justice data for convictions in 2009 is planned for publication on 21 October 2010.)

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