Bri­tain’s Mo­torists and Gov­ern­ment should re­flect on ‘UN­AC­CEPT­ABLE’ MOT Fail­ure rates due to tyre de­fects, says tyre­safe.

The Oban Times - - Motors -

Gov­ern­ment fig­ures have re­vealed tyre de­fects ac­count for over a quar­ter ( 27%) of all car MoT fail­ures. The data re­quested by Tyre­Safe from the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency (DVSA) re­veals nearly 2.2 mil­lion cars failed the MoT in 2016 as a re­sult of dan­ger­ous or il­le­gal tyres*. Th­ese lat­est fig­ures mean tyre de­fects re­main the sec­ond most com­mon rea­son for an MoT fail­ure af­ter light­ing.

Of those, 106,000 fail­ures were cars tak­ing their first MoT, cur­rently re­quired when it reaches three years of age**. That equates to a 5% fail­ure rate due to tyre de­fects for all cars tak­ing their first MoT.

In com­bi­na­tion with Tyre­Safe’s own find­ings that more than one- in-four tyres are al­ready il­le­gal when they are re­placed***, the over­whelm­ing con­clu­sion is that far too many of Bri­tain’s mo­torists are not car­ry­ing out rou­tine tyre main­te­nance checks be­tween MoTs, leav­ing them­selves and other road users at an in­creased risk of an in­ci­dent on the roads.

The find­ings are set against the back­ground of the gov­ern­ment’s con­sul­ta­tion to eval­u­ate ex­tend­ing the re­quire­ment for a car to be sub­mit­ted for its first MoT af­ter four years rather than the cur­rent three, known as the ‘grace pe­riod’. The gov­ern­ment ar­gues that this could be con­sid­ered as the ex­ist­ing three-year gap was im­ple­mented when ve­hi­cles were not as re­li­able as they are to­day. The con­sul­ta­tion is open for com­ments un­til 16th April 2017 at 11.45pm.

How­ever, Tyre­Safe is re­mind­ing mo­torists and gov­ern­ment alike that tyres’ tread depth can eas­ily be worn to be­low le­gal lim­its in three years and be­ing in con­tact with the phys­i­cal road en­vi­ron­ment they are vul­ner­a­ble to dam­age at any time. Driv­ers can re­duce the risk of driv­ing with de­fec­tive tyres and fac­ing a po­ten­tial fine of up to £ 2500 and three­p­enalty points ( per tyre) by car­ry­ing out rou­tine checks, yet the ev­i­dence proves they do not. Ev­i­dence also im­plies a sub­stan­tial pro­por­tion of tyres con­tinue to be used de­spite be­ing un­safe and only re­placed when the owner has no choice, for ex­am­ple fol­low­ing an MoT fail­ure.

Stu­art Jack­son, Tyre­Safe chair­man, said: “The ex­ist­ing MoT fail­ure rates are un­ac­cept­able as they are and, based on cur­rent ev­i­dence, it’s rea­son­able to sug­gest any ex­ten­sion would only re­sult in more de­fec­tive tyres on Bri­tain’s roads. Many of the gov­ern­ment’s own de­part­ments, agen­cies, and as­so­ciate com­pa­nies, along with road safety stake­hold­ers, are work­ing tire­lessly to make our roads ever safer and re­duce the num­ber of in­ci­dents. Tyre­Safe be­lieves in­creas­ing the grace pe­riod for cars’ first MoT to four years would coun­ter­act those ef­forts and would urge those in­volved in the con­sul­ta­tion to re­ject this pro­posal purely on the grounds of safety. “How­ever, re­gard­less of leg­is­la­tion, driv­ers in­di­vid­u­ally need to take their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to road safety se­ri­ously and carry out rou­tine checks to stay tyre safe out on the roads. Re­mem­ber ACT: check tyres’ Air pres­sure, Con­di­tion and Tread depth at least once a month and be­fore long jour­neys.”

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