In­sur­ance claims and tyre wear

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - • Dave Scott is an ac­cred­ited jour­nal­ist with ex­per­tise and a keen fo­cus on the road trans­port in­dus­try in­clud­ing fleet man­age­ment. He can be reached at dave@ dave .za DAVE SCOTT

TYRES are crit­i­cal safety items un­der all weather con­di­tions.

Driv­ers and op­er­a­tors must un­der­stand the con­se­quences if the legal limit of a min­i­mum of 1mm tread depth is ab­sent from 100% of the tread foot­print area.

More im­por­tantly both the fleet op­er­a­tor and the driv­ers must un­der­stand the role of a tread depth in­di­ca­tor on a tyre — tyre wear may not be level with a tread depth in­di­ca­tor in terms of Reg­u­la­tion 212.

Tread depth in­di­ca­tors on tyres are usu­ally around 1,6 mm higher than the bot­tom of tread grooves and this means that the old 100 mm legal limit is now gen­er­ally ir­rel­e­vant ex­cept where a tyre does not have tread depth in­di­ca­tors.

In the event of a crash, in­sur­ance as­ses­sors will mark the ve­hi­cle as il­le­gal.

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