19 October 2015
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Environmental Health team are urging motorists to consider the possible and very serious implications of purchasing part-worn tyres. It’s understandable that during these financially difficult times motorists will try and save money where they can. However, often they do not meet minimum standards required and sometimes are found to be unsafe.
In 2014, Environmental Health Officers in local Councils carried out a survey across Northern Ireland to assess the compliance of part-worn tyre retailers with the Motor Vehicle Tyre (Safety) Regulations 1994. The survey in 2014 showed that 10% of part worn tyres were found to have serious faults which would potentially affect the motorists safety, which is a vast improvement to the 35% from the 2013 survey.
Clifford Todd, Head of Environmental Services in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council advises, “All sellers of part-worn tyres should take positive steps to ensure that they meet the requirements of the regulations and make sure staff are made aware of these requirements. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has been monitoring part worn tyre suppliers in the area to assess compliance with the legal requirements. Further sampling and testing of tyres is also planned.”
For further information on tyre safety contact Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Tel: 028 9034 0000 or visit www.tyresafe.org.