Illegal part-worns found in Bristol

Tyres seized by trading standards

Published:  28 June, 2013

MOTORISTS in and around Bristol looking to save money by replacing their car tyres with used part worn versions are putting their own lives and that of other road users' in danger, according to new tyre industry trade body Tyresafe.

The warning followed an investigation by Bristol Trading Standards officers. With independent funding from the National Tyre Distributors Association, the team purchased ten part worn tyres from retailers across the city, which were all subsequently inspected and found to be sold illegally as they failed to meet all relevant regulations.

Furthermore, tyres in the sample were also found to contain serious safety breaches and levels of neglect which the organisation says could have resulted in their 'catastrophic failure', had they been fitted to a vehicle.

"The results of the latest investigation once again emphasise the hidden dangers associated with buying part worn tyres," explains Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. "A very clear set of regulations exist to control the legal sale of used tyres but as we've seen time and time before, these are not being adhered to. As a result, drivers are taking a massive gamble with their lives if they decide to buy and fit these."

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