Published On: Tue, Apr 15th, 2014 on 1:06 pm

26% of second-hand tyres sold since 2009 not fit for use

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Tyres that do not meet legal safety requirements can put lives at risk

Approximately 1.5 million motorists have bought sub-standard second-hand tyres since 2009, and 26% of these tyres were not fit to be used on the road.

According to research conducted by LV= car insurance, one in four (26%) of tyres did not meet legal safety requirements.

John O’Roarke, Managing Director of LV= car insurance, said: “Unfortunately some second-hand tyres sold do not meet the legal safety requirements and are not fit for the road, putting motorists at risk of a criminal conviction or worse.

“Those looking to buy part-worn should look for reputable dealers that work in accordance with the British Standards Institution, which ensures all tyres sold meet the minimum requirements.”

The UK has strict rules on the condition of part-worn tyres under the Consumer Protection Act.

Second-hand tyres must be stamped as ‘part-worn’ on the side to show that the tyre has been checked and meets legal requirements.

But research found that more than half (51%) of motorists who purchased second-hand tyres in the past five years were not aware of this.

Freedom of Information requests also revealed that the number of part-worn tyre dealerships being investigated by Trading Standards has almost doubled since 2009 and more drivers are now being pulled over for driving with defective tyres, which is up by 9% since 2009.

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