Drivers urged ‘take care when buying part worn tyres’

22nd January 2013

Drivers have been encouraged to take care and consideration if opting to buy a set of used tyres for their beloved vehicle.

Cumbria Police and Cumbria County Council's Trading Standards team delivered the warning and will each be sending representatives to retailers around the county in February to raise awareness about what makes a tyre road legal.

Should a tyre's tread depth dip below the minimum of 1.6mm in a continuous band throughout the central three-quarters of the tread width or has lumps, tears and bulges present, for example, drivers could be faced with a £2,500 fine and three penalty points per defective product.

Angela Jones, Trading Standards service manager, commented to the Westmorland Gazette: "As household finances remain squeezed, we know that more drivers are turning to part worn tyres.

"While we maintain that new tyres are the safest option, we need to ensure that those opting for part worns buy only those which comply with legal requirements in order to minimise any safety risks."

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Posted by Danielle Barge