UK government to outlaw ten-year-old lorry tyres

Jul 19 | 2020

The ban follows an extensive investigation and research commissioned by the Department for Transport, which indicates ageing tyres suffer corrosion which could cause them to fail.

Tyres over 10 years old to be banned from the autumnThe move will make it illegal to use tyres aged 10 years or older on the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches, and on all wheels of minibuses.

Baroness Vere said, “In the same way that you wouldn’t drive a car with faulty brakes, ensuring your tyres are fit for purpose is crucial in making every journey safer.”

“Taking this step will give drivers across the country confidence their lorries, buses and coaches are truly fit for use – a safety boost for road users everywhere.”

“This change is in no small way the result of years of campaigning, particularly from Frances Molloy, to whom I thank and pay tribute.”

Frances Molloy’s son Michael died in a coach crash in 2012 where the vehicle had a 19-year-old tyre fitted to the front axle. Since the accident, Mrs Molloy has campaigned to see the law changed.

The government will also be asking DVSA to continue checking tyre age as part of their routine roadside enforcement activities and adding an additional assessment to the annual test scheme (MOT test).

July’s announcement is the latest step taken to improve road safety, following the launch last year of the Road Safety Statement and two-year action plan, which set out more than 70 measures to reduce the number of people killed or injured on the UK’s roads.

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