In a bid to improve the standards of part worn tyres being sold in the UK, TyreSafe will be hosting its first ever webinar on Monday, February 25.
The free to join session will provide attendees with a summary of the legislation affecting the sale of part worn tyres. It will also deliver some practical advice on how the tyres should be inspected, common problems to look for and what steps must be taken to ensure used tyres are sold legally.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “We have some well established and very good legislation in the UK regarding the sale of part worn tyres, but as numerous investigations have shown, they’re simply not being adhered to by a large number of retailers.
“Those failing to comply with the regulations not only risk falling foul of the Consumer Protection Act, but more importantly risk the safety of their customers and other road users.”
It is estimated that more than four million part worn tyres are now sold annually in the UK. Each part worn tyre being sold is required to be inspected against a number of criteria covering its structural integrity, tread depth and standard of repairs, as well as being permanently marked as a part worn tyre.
However, a recent mystery shopper investigation by TyreSafe revealed 98%of the part worn tyres it purchased failed to meet all of the regulations. The independent tyre examiner commissioned to inspect the tyres found that more than a third of them contained potentially dangerous forms of non-compliance.
Jackson concluded:“As household finances remain squeezed, we know that more drivers are turning to part worn tyres. While we maintain that new tyres are the safest option, we need to ensure that those opting for part worns buy only those which comply with legal requirements in order to minimise any safety risks.”
Trading standards officers, road safety professionals, tyre retailers and other interested parties can register for the free webinar by visiting the Tyresafe website or contacting them on 01787 226995.