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A spokesperson for the Environmental Health Dept from Strabane District Council said that research by their Department revealed that the sale of part-worn tyres can be a particular problem.
“Safe tyres are a vital element in safe driving. Due to the current economic climate, the sale of part-worn tyres appears to have risen with part-worn tyres selling for between £15 and £20. A survey carried out revealed that 60% of tyre retail premises visited which supply part-worn tyres, did not comply with the marking legal requirement to display a ‘PART-WORN’ label. Consumers are advised to check when purchasing part-worn tyres that the tyre is marked as being part-worn,” she said.
She warned that it is a criminal offence to supply a part worn tyre which doesn’t meet the requirementsof the Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (as amended).
Part worn tyres must not have any of the following defects - any cutsbigger than 25mm or l0% of the section width of the tyre - measured on the outside and deep enough to reach the ply or cord; any internal lump, bulge or tearcaused by separation or partial separation of the structure; any of the ply or cord exposedinternally or externally or any penetration damage which has not been repaired correctly.
When purchasing part-worn tyres, customers should always ask for the tyres to be fully inflated so they can be thoroughly checked for any lumps or bulges.
In relation to the tyre tread, she explained that grooves of the original tread pattern of the tyre must be of a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of tread and round the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
She added “Any repairs must have been properly carried out and sellers of part-worn tyres should take positive steps to ensure that any part-worn tyres they stock for supply meet the requirements of the Regulations”.
Concluding, the spokesperson said that an advisory leaflet has been produced by Strabane DistrictCouncil which gives advice to consumers on the safety of part worn tyres and is available for download by clicking on the link. Anyone wanting further information about part worn tyres should contact the Environmental Health Department on 02871 381311.