the Mot test
Speaking at the NTDA Tyre Industry Conference, Ian Marsh from the DVSA agreed that the MoT’s minimum standards on tyres remain lax – especially in relation to sidewall perishing – because the cord must be visible before the tyre warrants a failure certificate. Yet many testers will issue advisory statements, which Marsh advises owners should treat as mandatory. TyreSafe (and certain premium tyre manufacturers, including Bridgestone) also highlight the increased stopping distances between a new tyre and one that has less than 2mm of tread remaining. Even so, no premium tyre company that we contacted would commit to a maximum recommended tyre age. As is so often the case where classic car ownership is concerned, the onus is on the individual owner.
a worn tyre will spell an Mot fail, but not an old one.