20p tyre check that could save lives being ignored
DRIVERS failing to look after and replace their tyres are putting lives in danger say the experts.
In a recent check one independent tyre dealer found the tread on a high performance BMW 3-series was so worn that none of its pattern remained, making it virtually useless in the wet. The tread grooves help to evacuate water from the road surface, enabling the tyre to grip the road properly.
Current UK law requires car drivers to have at least 1.6mm of tread on their tyres. Those found to be in breach of this law can face fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre.
In 2012 more than 170 drivers were successfully prosecuted every week for driving on defective tyres.
To check tyres easily experts recommend the 20p test – insert a 20p coin into the main grooves. If the outer band of the coin is visible then the tread is probably too low and should be inspected immediately by a qualified fitter.
TOYOTA is to start operating a third production shift at its European Yaris factory from June 2014 in order to meet demand for the Yaris and Yaris Hybrid.
The three-shift operation will require an increase in manpower by 500 production employees, which will bring total employment at Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) in Valenciennes to more than 4,000.
Until the third shift is in place some Saturday production is planned.
“Sales forecasts have led us to increase production plans by around 15 per cent for 2014, for a total annual production volume of around 220,000 units,” said Koreatsu Aoki, President of TMMF.