How safe is your car?

South Waikato News - - Motoring - GESSICA SHERI­DAN

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.

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