‘Part Worn = Part Safe’ says TyreSafe
by Helen Jackson |
posted 13 June 2018
‘Part Worn = Part Safe’ is the message TyreSafe is sharing with Britain’s motorists as it launches its latest video, Fit & Hope. The impactful video highlights the frightening, but all too commonplace safety issues part worn tyres may have when they are sold to unsuspecting members of the public.
More than five million part worn tyres are sold each year to motorists in the UK. Even though there are clear regulations surrounding the sale of part worn tyres, TyreSafe and Trading Standards investigations consistently uncover an alarming number with poor puncture repairs, internal damage and even nails in them.
Recent investigations have found as many as 94% of the tyres tested do not comply with current regulations and 58% have safety-related defects.
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe Chairman said:
“The Fit & Hope video has been produced to raise awareness among the general public of the potential risks of buying part worn tyres. We anticipate that the motor trade will also find the video a useful asset for social media and with their local press to explain the hazards of part worn tyres.”
All the tyres featured in Fit & Hope were bought from part worn retailers or seized during TyreSafe and Trading Standards’ joint investigations.
During a raid of one of the premises by the authorities in Scotland, 23 tyres were seized with a range of potentially lethal defects including one tyre with an embedded socket in the tread, another with a six-inch nail and many others with severe internal damage. While the sale of part worn tyres is legal in the UK, TyreSafe strongly recommends buying new tyres.
“All too often part worn means part safe,” said Jackson, “so TyreSafe recommends you don’t fit them and hope but buy new tyres as you can be sure of their safety.”
Watch the TyreSafe video below:
For more information on all aspects of tyre safety, visit tyresafe.org.