The number of motorists convicted for driving on defective tyres in England and Wales reached a four-year high in 2010, according to new research.
UK body TyreSafe has obtained figures from the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office showing that 10,475 motorists were convicted of the offence in 2010, an increase of around 1,000 compared to the previous year.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, claimed that the latest figures are "very worrying" indeed.
He said: "We are aware that with recent financial pressures, many motorists are delaying the purchase of new tyres, however, as these latest figures show, some are waiting far too long and are risking their own safety and that of other roads users by going beyond the legal minimum standards."
UK drivers are currently required to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm across the central three quarters of the tyre. Those who fail to comply with the regulations face a maximum fine of £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
Posted by Danielle Barge