Following a tyre check at a Shropshire primary school in which eight out of 25 parents’ cars checked were fitted with illegal tyres, the tyre manufacturer Falken says it is planning to roll out the initiative to other schools across the UK.
Falken says that the results of the test at Moorfield Primary School in Newport, corroborate findings by its UK distributor Micheldever. More than 56% of 8,900 tyres removed by Micheldever in June 2013 had less than the legal requirement of 1.6mm tread depth.
Falken cites the current economic strain being felt by families as a key factor; in 2008 (pre-recession) the number of illegal tyres Micheldever recorded was 15%.
Matt Smith, director of Falken UK, said: “The results confirm what our dealers are saying. There are a significant proportion of cars running on illegal or dangerous tyres. Tyres are a crucial element in road safety but for a number of reasons they are often a distress purchase, left until the last minute.”
Su Plant, headmistress at Moorfield Primary School, said: “We were surprised at the results. We regularly address road safety with the children, but it would seem that parents need more information about the importance of tyre safety.”
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