Su­mit­omo Rub­ber pro­motes safer tyres

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

NEW­CAS­TLE-BASED bus and truck tyre maker, Su­mit­omo Rub­ber, has part­nered with the Part Worn Africa ini­tia­tive to pro­mote tyre safety.

Fol­low­ing Trans­port Month in Oc­to­ber Su­mit­omo has now taken up the man­tle as con­ti­nen­tal cus­to­dian and ste­ward of Part Worn Africa, a new pan-African con­sumer, tyre and road safety ad­vo­cacy ini­tia­tive.

CEO Riaz Haf­fe­jee said the safety of Su­mit­omo’s cus­tomers is piv­otal to the com­pany’s suc­cess as a busi­ness.

He said many tyre buy­ers opt for sec­ond-hand tyres with no knowl­edge of the tyre’s age or re­pair his­tory, which to­gether with the il­le­gal and highly dan­ger­ous prac­tice of ‘re-groov­ing’ tyres cre­ate dan­ger­ous driv­ing con­di­tions.

Haf­fe­jee said var­i­ous stud­ies have shown that de­fec­tive tyres are one of the lead­ing con­trib­u­tors to fa­tal col­li­sions — rep­re­sent­ing as much as two thirds of ve­hi­cle fac­tors re­spon­si­ble for col­li­sions.

The group’s Dun­lop Con­tainer Pro­gramme has now es­tab­lished 120 con­tain­ers na­tion­ally and SRSA con­tin­ues to cre­ate aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion around this crit­i­cal topic.

He mooted con­trols to gov­ern the con­di­tion of sec­ond hand tyres in SA.

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