Quarter of Motorists Have Low Tyre Tread Depth
A UK tyre fitting company has removed 50,000 illegal tyres from the road in a single month as part of a safety campaign. By performing free tyre checks in November, Protyre was able to rid the UK’s roads of 50,000 tyres that were below the legal tread depth limit. Around a quarter of all cars they encountered were found to have at least one illegal tyre,
Protyre worked with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Luton Casualty Reduction Partnership to perform the checks in local carparks and other places where people and their cars would be passing through. Retail director at Protyre, Simon Hiorns, said: “This was a great effort by all involved to not only remove so many dangerous tyres, but to also educate thousands of people about tyre safety.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of tyres and how crucial they are to safety. Ultimately, they are the only part of a vehicle in contact with the road surface, so the less tread a tyre has, the less grip it will have, which severely compromises a vehicle’s ability to accelerate, corner and brake. However, I fully recognise that there’s more work to do in tackling the problem of illegal and dangerous tyres. The sad fact is, approximately one in four cars on UK roads are likely to have at least one tyre at or below the legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm. That translates to around 10 million illegal tyres on our roads. That said, I remain confident that by continuing to educate motorists, as well as working together with charities, safety groups and public bodies, such as the fire service and police, we can encourage motorists to proactively replace tyres well before they reach the legal minimum tread depth.”
Stuart Jackson, chairman TyreSafe, said: “TyreSafe applauds Protyre’s efforts to remove so many dangerous and severely worn tyres. Now that we are in the midst of winter, tyre tread depth is a particularly important factor in cold and wet conditions as the more worn a tyre becomes, the longer your car will take to stop, and the vehicle’s handling responses adversely affected. TyreSafe hopes UK motorists practise #SafeTyreChecks and ensure they are safe, legal and winter-ready.”
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