Three quarters of Brits breaking the law by not buying new tyres

1st September 2011

The majority of British drivers have broken the law by failing to replace old tyres due to a lack of funds, according to new research.

A survey by has revealed that 74 per cent of UK motorists had failed to buy new tyres for their car even when they knew it was a legal requirement to do so.

Furthermore, 51 per cent of respondents admitted they had failed to get their MOT certificate renewed before its expiration date, with 72 per cent of this group admitting they still took their car on the road in spite of this.

A lack of funds was the main reason cited by drivers for not keeping their cars roadworthy, with 61 per cent claiming they did 'not have enough money at the time' to keep their vehicles legal.

Mark Pearson, chairman of, said: "Making sure you have all the legal documents needed to be able to drive your vehicle is very important and people who are leaving it late and still driving round could face fines, or worse.

"I was surprised that so many had left things late due to a lack of money." 

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Posted by Danielle Barge