How safe is your car?
There are concerns motorists are not taking care of their vehicles in the longer period between warrant of fitness checks.
The government has been urged to boost driver education as industry leaders notice more vehicles presenting with bald and dangerous tyres.
The warrant of fitness period changed from six months to one year about two years ago.
Since then, Goodyear Timaru managing director Carl Vaughan has seen first-hand an increase of bald and dangerous tyres.
‘‘We’re definitely taking off tyres with tread well below warrant standard,’’ he said.
‘‘A lot of people driving unsafe cars are completely unaware and quite embarrassed to see what they’ve been driving.’’
He had recently seen a car that had been driven until the tyre had completely burst.
Tyre deficiencies that might have been picked up during a six-monthly warrant were now being spotted much later.
‘‘The biggest concern is people thinking just because their car has a warrant, that its legal.’’
MTA industry relationship manager Greig Epps said his organisation’s members, which include mechanics and about half of all WOF sites, reported similar concerns.
Members were worried about the safety of many cars on the road, Epps said.
‘‘Our members do report concerns about vehicles with tyres, brakes and suspensions that need replacing immediately,’’ Epps said.