Part Worn Tyres
Trading Standards offices across the UK are being urged to enforce existing regulations regarding the sale of part worn tyres in a bid to help improve consumer safety after a month-long nationwide investigation by TyreSafe and Auto Express unearthed some alarming results.
Part Worn Tyres and the Law
Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act, it is an offence for anyone to sell part worn tyres that do not meet the following principal requirements:
free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed.
retreaded must clearly show the relevant 'E' mark alongside which 'PART-WORN' must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high.
Tyres must have passed an inflation
test prior to sale.
clearly visible in their entirely and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.
retreaded must show the relevant British Standards mark as applied at the time of retreading alongside which 'PART-WORN' must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high.
A study by TyreSafe and Auto Express found that 98% were being sold illegally as they did not meet current requirements. Yet more concerning was that more than a third of the tyres were found to contain potentially dangerous forms of damage or non-compliance.