Po­lice worry over tyre bursts

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

TWENTY peo­ple have died in ac­ci­dents caused by tyre bursts in the last three months, po­lice said yes­ter­day.

They warned mo­torists against pur­chas­ing se­cond hand tyres most of which are re­treaded and sold as new.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba said the num­ber of ac­ci­dents caused by tyre bursts were wor­ry­ing.

“The Zim­babwe Re­pub­lic Po­lice is con­cerned with road traf­fic ac­ci­dents that have oc­curred as a re­sult of tyre bursts. Re­cent sta­tis­tics have es­tab­lished that six per­cent of fa­tal ac­ci­dents which oc­curred from Au­gust 1 to Oc­to­ber 31 were as a re­sult of tyre bursts,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

She said an ac­ci­dent in which 10 peo­ple died along the HarareBu­l­awayo road on Septem­ber 16 this year was caused by a burst left rear tyre at the 369km peg. “An­other ac­ci­dent oc­curred on 24 Septem­ber 2016 at the 44 kilo­me­tre peg along HarareNyama­panda road where a Toy­ota Hi­ace burst a tyre and killed six peo­ple in the process,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

She said an­other ac­ci­dent which claimed four peo­ple on Oc­to­ber 23 at the 143 kilo­me­tre peg along the Harare-Bu­l­awayo road in Kadoma was caused by a burst rear left tyre and the car en­croached into the left lane re­sult­ing in a head-on col­li­sion.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba cited over­load­ing, speed­ing and poor road con­di­tions as the chief causes of tyre bursts.

“If tyres are not used fre­quently they age quicker ren­der­ing them road un­wor­thy. Worn out tyres should not be used at all,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged mo­torists to take note of tyres with ex­piry dates which must be ad­hered to.

“Tyre size, con­struc­tion or type — the law re­quires that any tyre on any one axle of the ve­hi­cle should not be of a dif­fer­ent size or type or con­struc­tion. This im­plies that putting on a dif­fer­ent tyre size is pro­hib­ited,” she said.

Other causes she cited were over and un­der in­fla­tion of tyres as well as ad­verse weather con­di­tions which af­fect the ef­fi­ciency of tyres.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said tyres should be re­placed by the same size des­ig­na­tion rec­om­mended by the man­u­fac­tures and that the tyre brand, size and threads must be the same on each axle.

“Mo­torists should guard against used tyre im­ports many of which are be­yond re­tread­ing but are re­treaded and sold il­lic­itly.

Sim­i­larly, they must watch out for coun­ter­feit tyres-il­licit copies of re­spected brands,” she said. “They should al­ways look for the SAZ stamp or other ap­proved stan­dards in­sti­tu­tions.”

Snr Asst Comm Charamba en­cour­aged mo­torists to check tyre pres­sure once a week or be­fore un­der­tak­ing a long jour­ney and al­ways use a re­li­able pres­sure gauge. “We are ap­peal­ing to the mo­tor­ing pub­lic to en­sure that their ve­hi­cles are ser­vice­able and road­wor­thy be­fore they em­bark on their jour­neys.

Where pos­si­ble, mo­torists should avoid trav­el­ling at night since poor vis­i­bil­ity also con­trib­utes to road traf­fic ac­ci­dents,” she said.

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