Reg­u­la­tions for part-worns

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Part-worn Tyres -

Un­der the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Tyres (Safety) Reg­u­la­tions 1994 (reg.7.), which is part of the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Act, it is an of­fence for any­one to sell part-worn tyres that do not meet the fol­low­ing prin­ci­pal re­quire­ments:

The struc­tural in­tegrity must not be com­pro­mised. It should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally. No plies or cords should be ex­posed.

Tyres must have passed an in­fla­tion test prior to sale.

The orig­i­nal grooves must still be clearly vis­i­ble in their en­tirety and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its en­tire cir­cum­fer­ence.

Part-worn tyres which have not been re­treaded must clearly show the rel­e­vant ‘E’ mark, along­side which ‘PART-WORN’ must be per­ma­nently and leg­i­bly ap­plied in let­ters at least 4mm high. Th­ese words can­not be hot-branded or cut into the tyre.

Part-worn tyres that have been re­treaded must have one of the fol­low­ing:

BS AU 144b, 144c, 144d or 144e mark­ings on the side­wall (if first sup­plied as a re­tread on or be­fore De­cem­ber 31, 2003) and an ECE ap­proval mark (if first sup­plied as a re­tread on or af­ter Jan­uary 1, 2004).

A per­ma­nent mark to iden­tify the orig­i­nal model and man­u­fac­turer, the word ‘RE­TREAD’ (in up­per case let­ters at least 4mm high) moulded onto or into its side­wall, and fur­ther mark­ings in ac­cor­dance with ECE rules. You may need to seek fur­ther ad­vice as to which rules ap­ply.

The in­di­ca­tion ‘PART-WORN’ must also ap­pear next to the BS or ECE ap­proval mark, or next to the word ‘RE­TREAD’.

For tyres marked BS AU 144e, a speed cat­e­gory sym­bol and load ca­pac­ity mark­ing should be present.

A tyre has to com­ply with all th­ese re­quire­ments whether or not it is fit­ted to a rim.

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