the Mot test

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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.

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