No excuse for poor tyres
In 2012, 25 people were killed, 169 seriously injured and there were 1,288 road casualties in total in reported road accidents in Great Britain. In some cases illegal, defective or under inflated tyres were recorded as a contributory factor by the police officers investigating the scene.
We also understand that tyre failure is a major cause of collisions on the strategic network - over 15,000 breakdowns per year on English motorways are tyre-related
Within fleets there should be no excuse for poor quality tyres as tyre checks should be standard. Furthermore, under European Union Regulation (EC) 661/2009 all new models of passenger cars must be fitted with a tyre pressure monitoring system from 1 November 2012, and all new vehicles in the European Union must be fitted with tyre pressure monitoring system from 1 November 2014.
Further research evidence on tyres is available through The Road Safety Observatory
More advice and information is available from TyreSafe.