New tyre inspection scanners could be launched in UK

30th September 2011

New scanners which inspect the quality of tyres on passing vehicles could be launched in the UK, it has been revealed.

The ProContour machine uses a combination of high-speed cameras and lasers to measure the depth of each tyre groove, with details of any illegal tyres then sent to nearby police officers who will pull over the offending car.

Drivers who are found to be using tyres which have less than 1.6mm of tread on the central section could be hit with a points penalty or fine.

The scanner is manufactured in Germany and members of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) visited the country to assess its merits.
Speaking with Autoexpress, an ACPO spokesman claimed that drivers would be immediately hit with a points penalty. "It would be used as a screening tool, with a checkpoint beyond," he said.

Individual police forces would be able to make their own decision on whether to introduce the ProContour, according to the ACPO. 

Posted by Danielle Barge