A campaign to alert drivers to the dangers posed by worn tyres went unheeded by some drivers in Wales.
Road Safety Wales used a variety of media during National Tyre Month (October) to warn drivers of the perils of driving with worn tyres.
Despite this, during a week-long enforcement campaign in November (12-18 Nov) police forces in Wales issued fixed penalty notices to 56 drivers and gave advice about tyres to a further 24 drivers.
In addition, 92 drivers were issued with an endorsable fixed penalty notice, which means the driver will receive three points on their licence for each defective tyre. In total, police stopped and checked 1,016 vehicles for worn tyres. Three drivers were prohibited from proceeding with their journey, and two drivers were summoned to appear in court due to the severe condition of their tyres.
As well as detecting illegal and unsafe tyres, police officers also found an array other defects and offences during the operation. This led to to them issuing 56 vehicle defect rectification notices and 18 document offences relating to insurance, MOT and road tax.
Susan Storch, chair of Road Safety Wales, said: “Every day on Welsh roads people are taking chances with their lives by driving defective vehicles. During the winter period it is more important than ever that vehicles are roadworthy, legal and safe.
“Don’t forget that your tyres are the only parts of the car which are in contact with the road. Safety in acceleration, braking steering and cornering all depend on a relatively small area of road contact. Correct tyre maintenance and care is critical for your safety, no matter what type of vehicle you are driving.”
For more information contact Michelle Harrington on 02920 250 600.