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Is this the end for part worn tyres?

Part worn tyres
How much are part worn tyre sales worth to your business?
Once again, there’s pressure mounting from tyre manufacturers to ban the sale of part worn tyres, and let’s face it, for many ATFs this is a significant part of the business. If they were banned, then not only would we lose sales but all tyres would attract disposal costs which is not good news for any of us. So what can be done?

As part of a wider ‘tyre review’ Government is planning to issue a consultation document shortly to consider the options for part worn tyres. But if the industry doesn’t fight its corner then it could very well be curtains for this line of revenue.

What’s caused this problem? Quite simply, pressure from tyre manufacturers (because the sales of new tyres have declined sharply in recent years) and bad publicity about second hand tyres being found on vehicles that were not fit for sale. We all know that tyres should be checked thoroughly and marked as ‘part worn’ prior to being fitted, but the problem is that there are many ‘back street operators’ out there who are only too happy to cut corners in satisfying the customers’ desire to save money. Luckily, the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association is taking action to repair the damage and hopefully keep part worn tyre sales available.

The MVDA already provides a guidance document for members, which has recently been revised, and in the past has organised part worn tyre training courses for members. But with the current concern about the quality of part worn tyres MVDA wants to be more proactive. The training course is now being revised and should also provide certification to demonstrate that fitters know what they are doing and are therefore up to the job. Through their training company, the association is organising a system of accreditation and certification for members to demonstrate to government, industry and the public that there are no safety issues with part worn tyres sold by properly trained operatives. The certification will be through IMI, the motor industry’s accreditation body.

What about non-members? Training and certification isn’t available to non members. After all, MVDA members pay their subscription for this type of benefit. But then, at only £10 per week, if MVDA can with this action and lobbying of government and interested parties keep part worn sales available, then it makes sense to sign up. How many tyres do you sell a week - way more than a tenners worth?

But the strength of the campaign against the sale of part worn tyres is worrying; after all we only have to look at the knee jerk reaction taken over cash for scrap to realise that considered thought does not necessarily come into it. That said, it is hard to see that certification from the motor industry’s recognised body would not demonstrate that tyres sold are of a suitable and safe standard.

If you want to keep tyre sales for our industry, it is in your interest to contact the MVDA by email or call them on 01543 254254 about membership. After all, if this line of revenue is banned, then what about all the items classed as safety related within the motor industry. What’s next?

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