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Part worn tyres under the spotlight - again!!

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Part worn tyres are an important part of business but a damning report highlights too many dangers.
Selling part worn tyres is an important part of the vehicle dismantlers' business with many operating their own tyre fitting bays, but a report from TyreSafe makes shocking reading and threatens to raise serious issues as to their suitability for sale.


TyreSafe has issued a stark warning following a month-long nationwide investigation where it purchased a random sample of 50 part worn tyres. The tyres were inspected by an independent tyre expert and the alarming results found that 98 per cent of the tyres were being sold illegally. But more concerning was that over a third of the tyres were found to contain potentially dangerous forms of damage or non-compliance.

Indeed, one tyre was described by the inspection engineer as having the "potential to kill" as it still contained a metal object penetrating 5cm through the tread in a manner which was likely to result in sudden and total tyre failure had it been fitted to a vehicle. Other serious safety breaches included dangerous and unsafe repairs, exposed cords, bead damage and evidence of run flat damage.

"Although a number of clear regulations exist which permit the sale of part worn tyres, it's obvious from our investigation that these are not being adhered to," comments Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. "Not only are drivers putting their own lives at risk, but they are also endangering their passengers, which in many cases may be their children, and other road users. Before buying part worn tyres I would urge drivers to ask themselves if the risk of buying part worn tyres is really worth it?"

The above three paragraphs are extracts from the TyreSafe press release and it doesn't bode well for the future of part worn tyres. Let's face it, the 98% figure is more than likely related to a lack of part worn tyre stickers being used which are required by law. Anyone failing to mark part worns must get this situation sorted out because a statistic that says 98% are illegal is not doing the industry any favours.

Then there is the more serious statistic that a third were potentially dangerous. This sounds as if not enough training is being given to staff responsible for selecting and fitting suitable tyres. We all have a duty of care to supply safe parts and this issue will come back to bite dismantlers who don’t do the job properly.

This survey is a warning shot across the bows and it is up to all sellers to make sure they are “squeaky clean” as the industry is now under the spotlight. We have to get this right and keep it right if we want to keep used tyres on the plus side rather than the minus side of the spreadsheet!

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