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Older tyres banned to ‘improve road safety’

25 June 2019

Story from CommercialFleet.

New laws banning older tyres on large vehicles to improve road safety could be introduced later this year, says the Department for Transport (DfT).

Tyres aged 10 years and older would be banned from use on buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses in new plans revealed in a consultation.

If supported, the new rules could be in force by early 2020.

The consultation follows a passionate campaign by Frances Molloy, whose son Michael died in a coach crash caused by a 19-year-old tyre in 2012.

Her work with the ‘Tyred’ campaign led to the consultation being launched today.

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.”

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