Sumitomo Rubber promotes safer tyres
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.