TyreSafe launches new consumer website

TyreSafe has launched a website detailing the dangers, real cost and legal regulations on the sale of part worn tyres – www.partworn-tyres.co.uk.

Millions of Britain’s motorists choose to take a risk on their safety and those of others around them each year by buying used tyres despite the hazards. While the sale of ‘part-worns’ is legal, evidence shows a large proportion being sold are non-compliant with the clear legal regulations and far too many are defective and dangerous.

Most recently, an investigation by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards with assistance from TyreSafe resulted in the conviction of eight part worn retailers on numerous counts of failing to mark part-worn tyres correctly and selling substandard tyres.

Visitors to partworn-tyres.co.uk will find examples of tyres offered for sale by unscrupulous dealers and discovered during such investigations. 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, ‘www.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.