A website has been launched to make drivers aware of the dangers, real cost and legal regulations on the sale of part worn tyres.
Last month, (Dec 2015) an episode of the BBC consumer programme Fake Britain featured a report highlighting the dangers associated with buying part worn tyres.
Made with the support of Trading Standards and TyreSafe, the programme featured a family car fitted with four unroadworthy tyres by a part worn dealer, highlighting the poor handling characteristics of used tyres.
TyreSafe says the website has been built to “interrupt the purchase process of consumers” when they are actively looking to buy part worn tyres, and to encourage them to reconsider.
The website shows examples of tyres offered for sale by unscrupulous dealers. The “horrifying faults” includes tyres which would have been likely to suffer catastrophic failure on fitment, while unsafe repairs, cuts and objects in the tread are also revealed.
The site also gives guidance on the false economy which part worn tyres represent to the buyer and lays out the regulations and checks which need to have been completed before they can legally be offered for sale.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “Partworn-tyres.co.uk is TyreSafe’s latest initiative to inform the motorist of the risks they take when buying part worn tyres. Safety should be every driver’s primary concern and used tyres come with no guarantee that they’ll provide that.
“Even if a used tyre has passed all its regulatory checks – and there’s little evidence many are checked at all – it’ll need replacing much sooner than a new tyre, increasing the long term cost and inconvenience.
“TyreSafe urges motorists considering buying used tyres to reconsider and remember part worn means part safe.”
TyreSafe is one of the UK’s leading tyre safety organisations, dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers associated with defective or illegal tyres. Established in 2006, it is a not for profit organisation and campaigns in line with current legislation and duty of care regulations.