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We must defend this part of our business

used tyres
We have a fight on our hands when it comes to part worn tyres and we have to win.
We mentioned a couple of issues ago the pressure we are under from new tyre manufacturers who would like to see used tyre sales banned. Training and certification is our route to maintaining this revenue source.

The manufacturers of new tyres, particularly ‘premium’ brands, continue to campaign heavily against the sale of part worn tyres (PWTs). We feel that this is a very important issue for members as part worns represent a significant revenue source, whilst at the same time helping to save motorists a lot of money, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet in the current economic climate.

The only way we can demonstrate that the tyres sold by our industry are safe is to show that we take the issue of safety seriously and that staff are trained to a professional level to recognise potential pitfalls. Let’s face it, if an unsafe tyre is sold it isn’t the tyre at fault, it’s the operator who hasn’t checked it correctly. To combat this threat from the tyre industry we must be able to demonstrate that we know what we’re doing and we do it in a safe and professional manner.

To demonstrate just how serious this issue is becoming, a reader told me earlier in the week that recently, a customer bought a used tyre from him and two tyre fitting firms refused to fit it as it was secondhand. I must stress, there was nothing wrong with the tyre - just that it was second hand.

The Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association have been worried about this issue for a while as the majority of members sell second hand tyres. They recognise that the only way to prevent things going against the industry is to ensure that those members selling and fitting part worns know just what they’re doing and what makes a tyre unsafe for re-use.

To achieve this MVDA enlisted the help of Profit From Training Partnership who had previously organised tyre training for members. This has been updated and is now IMI accredited. This is a comprehensive course which covers everything you need to know about selling PWTs. Upon completion trainees receive a certificate that should help show customers (and your local Trading Standards) that you are a responsible business and you know how to tell a good tyre from a bad one. Remember, this is a nationally recognised qualification.
What the course covers
The Part Worn Tyre course is 1 day in duration and aimed at companies and individuals who have a responsibility for the sale of part worn tyres. A working knowledge of tyre fitting is an advantage but not essential for this course. Successful candidates will receive an MVDA Approved Training Course Certificate. The day consists of a half day classroom based theory session and a half day workshop practice session.

Course Content - Theoretical
  • Part Worn Tyre Legislation
  • Light Vehicle Tyre construction identification
  • Light Vehicle Tyre sidewall markings
  • Statutory requirements for part worn tyres
  • Construction & Use regulations
  • Limits of wear and serviceability
  • Fault identification methods
  • Tyre and inner tube repair to BSAU 159f
  • Tyre storage recommendations

Course Content - Practical
  • Tyre inspection and fault reporting
  • Safe wheel balancing
  • Safe tyre removal
  • Safe tubeless tyre repairs

The training can take place at your site and costs £600+Vat for up to 6 attendees. There is also a £40 per person registration fee Travel expenses may be added depending on the location of training. To book a course or find out more, contact Sharon Burbidge at Profit for Training on 02476 325880 or email Sharon here.

If you are an MVDA member then you are entitled to a discount so don’t forget to mention it. Here at atfPro we are big believers in the benefit to our industry by having a strong trade body. Click here to find out more about MVDA or email them to find out how membership will benefit you.

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