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UK: New rules on tires could come into force early 2020

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 24, 2019
New laws banning older tires on large vehicles to improve road safety could be introduced later this year.
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Tyres aged 10 years and older would be banned from use on buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses in new proposals being consulted on.

The consultation follows a passionate campaign by Frances Molloy, whose son Michael died in a coach crash caused by a 19-year-old tyre in 2012.

Her work with the ‘Tyred’ campaign led to the consultation being launched.

The consultation, which runs for 10 weeks, asks whether older tyres should be banned on buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses as well as whether this ban should be extended to taxis and private hire vehicles.

It follows other measures the government has put into place since 2012.

Bus operators have been advised not to use older tyres at the front of their vehicles.

The DVSA also updated its guidance on maintaining roadworthiness to say tires aged 10 years and older should not be used on the front axles of heavy goods vehicles, as well as buses and coaches.