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Own tyres over 10-years-old? You need to read this

The Government is considering banning tyres over 10-years-old on public transport vehicles including buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses.

15 August 2019

The Government is considering banning tyres over 10-years-old on public transport vehicles including buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses.

Private hire vehicles, such as taxis, may also be included in the list, with the new law expected to be implemented in 2020.

Although there are already safety regulations in place ensuring tyres meet certain standards – for example, tread depth and the absence of structural damage – this new law, expected to be introduced this year, will take tyre safety one step further.

The proposal suggests that the maximum age for tyres should be 10-years-old, with the production date clearly visible for inspections.

Road safety minister Michael Ellis said: “Our priority is keeping people safe on our roads, and we are taking action to reduce the number of people killed or injured.

“There is increasing evidence that age affects the safety of tyres, which is why I think older tyres should not be used on large vehicles.”

The call comes after an accident in February 2019 was found to be caused by tyre failure. An inquest found that the vehicle’s tyres were 18-years-old and had significantly deteriorated due to age.

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