Tyre safety drive wel­comed

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

METRO mayor Steve Rotheram has praised the an­nounce­ment from Mersey­travel that all bus ser­vices across the Liver­pool City Re­gion which in­cludes Halton are now op­er­at­ing safe-tyre poli­cies un­der the pro­posed age limit.

All op­er­a­tors of com­mer­cial ser­vices, large and small, and also those run­ning sup­ported ser­vices on be­half of Mersey­travel, have com­mit­ted to tyres on their ve­hi­cles be­ing no older than 10 years old.

It fol­lows a cam­paign led by Frances Mol­loy, whose son Michael died in 2012 af­ter the coach he was on crashed when trav­el­ling back from a mu­sic fes­ti­val, call­ing for a ban on the use of tyres older than 10 years on buses, coaches and minibuses.

A spokesman for Mr Rotheram said the Depart­ment Of Trans­port has since failed to change the leg­is­la­tion and in­stead chose to sim­ply amend guide­lines which only rec­om­mend, but cru­cially do not re­quire, that tyres over 10 years should not be fit­ted.

Mr Rotheram said: “Thanks to the col­lec­tive com­mit­ment of Mersey­travel and lo­cal bus op­er­a­tors, big and small, to em­brace the best prac­tice de­vel­oped since the tragic ac­ci­dent, all are now op­er­at­ing safe tyre poli­cies un­der the pro­posed age limit.

“To me, this is a sim­ple step to pre­vent fu­ture tragedies and the pos­i­tive ac­tions of our op­er­a­tors show that it’s achiev­able.

“Mersey­side has set an ex­am­ple by putting the safety of its pas­sen­gers first; the rest of the coun­try must now fol­low.”

Maria Ea­gle MP, who will be spear­head­ing the West­min­ster cam­paign to see the Gov­ern­ment en­force their own guid­ance on tyre safety, added: “This an­nounce­ment from Mersey­travel is a huge step for­ward for the Tyred cam­paign and is tes­ta­ment to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of my con­stituent Frances Mal­loy.

“Mersey­side is lead­ing the way on ban­ning un­safe old tyres – now we just have to per­suade the Gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion across the coun­try.”

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