74% of used tyres ‘fail to meet legal safety standards’

LRSC part worn tyre

Almost three quarters of used tyres inspected as part of a recent investigation failed to meet legal safety standards, London Trading Standards has revealed.

The tyre safety project, known as Operation GRIP, was undertaken by London Trading Standards (LTS) and safety charity TyreSafe between January and June 2018.

The project saw officers visit more than 150 businesses to offer advice and guidance on how to store, mark and assess used tyres in compliance with the law. Officers also covertly purchased 51 part-worn tyres, which were assessed by TyreSafe.

Of the tyres inspected, 33% showed serious safety failures with a further 41% having marking issues.

Gerry Hearne, chair of LTS Product Safety Group, said:

“The results of our used tyre checks carried out with Tyresafe are concerning and indicate that there are serious safety flaws with a significant proportion of the used tyres on sale in London.

“Consumers need to be aware that part worn tyres which don’t comply with the law pose significant safety risks, as explained in TyreSafe guidance.

“Should members of the public suspect that used tyres they have been sold do not meet legal requirements, they should report the trader to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline.”

Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, said:

“Our investigations with Trading Standards across the country universally reveal an appallingly high level of illegal practises among retailers of part worn tyres.

“That’s of grave concern as tyres are a safety critical product – if they’re not in roadworthy condition, a vehicle’s brakes and steering are compromised.

“Londoners should be concerned that three-quarters of tyres in this investigation failed to meet legal safety standards. TyreSafe’s advice is always buy new whenever possible.”

11 September 2018