MP introduces Tyre Ageing Bill
A Liverpool MP has introduced a Bill to the House of Commons which would make it an offence to operate a public service vehicle with tyres that are 10 or more years old.
Steve Rotheram, MP for Liverpool Walton, introduced the Bill as a result of the death of Merseyside teenager Michael Molloy, who was one of three people killed in a coach crash in September 2012.
The Tyre Ageing Bill aims to raise awareness of tyre safety on buses and coaches, to promote consumer education on tyre ageing, and improve road safety.
Mr Rotheram said: "People will probably be shocked to learn that there are no age restrictions for tyres used on public service vehicles.
"Whilst a tyre might look in perfectly good condition from an external visual check and its tread might well be within the legal limits, it does not guarantee the condition of the whole thing nor give an accurate representation of the levels of danger that the tyre poses to drivers and passengers.
"I suspect people would be extremely skeptical of allowing their children to ride on a school bus with tyres that were probably manufactured before their child was born.
"It is not beyond the realms of possibility that there are tyres more than twice the age of the children they are transporting and that is simply wrong."
The Bill was accepted by MPs at first reading and is scheduled for second reading on 28 November.