In­flu­en­tial group to in­ves­ti­gate what should be done to ad­dress the dan­gers of age­ing rub­ber fit­ted to thou­sands of older cars

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - FRONT PAGE -

Mem­bers of the All Party Par­lia­men­tary His­toric Ve­hi­cle Group – the clas­sic world’s voice in West­min­ster – are to dis­cuss the dan­gers of clas­sics us­ing older tyres at their next meet­ing.

Group chair, Sir Greg Knight MP, con­firmed that the topic is be­ing brought up fol­low­ing con­cerns from clas­sic clubs, and an on­go­ing pe­ti­tion to re­strict the use of old tyres on buses and coaches fol­low­ing a fa­tal coach ac­ci­dent in 2012, in which a coach us­ing 19-year-old tyres suf­fered a blowout.

Clas­sic tyre spe­cial­ist, Ben Field, says: ‘I would rec­om­mend not us­ing tyres more than ten years old – even if they’ve been stored, the rub­ber hard­ens.

‘This is a very se­ri­ous is­sue – we are talk­ing about peo­ple’s lives here.’

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