20p tyre check that could save lives be­ing ig­nored

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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