Did you know that if your tyres are defective, a police officer has discretion not to issue a fixed penalty but to report the case for Prosecution? Did you know that the maximum fine which a court can impose for using a vehicle with a defective tyre is £2,500 and three penalty points or £5,000 in the case of a goods vehicle? What's more, if a vehicle is fitted with more than one defective tyre, you can be summonsed for each tyre which is illegal. Disqualification is also possible in certain circumstances!
Whether you drive hundreds of miles each week or you're an occasional driver, it's extremely important to check your tyres regularly for tread depth, pressure or damage. Not only to avoid any fines or prosecutions but also to ensure your safety, your passengers' safety and the safety of other road users is not at risk.
Research indicates that most tyres on the road are either under inflated or below the legal limit of 1.6mm tread depth. It is recommended that you check your tyres every two weeks or before you make any long journeys.
So how safe are your tyres? Take a look at the chart below for guidelines...