Council’s new drive to make tyres safe

Councillor Helen McKenna
Councillor Helen McKenna

Businesses in North Lanarkshire selling part-worn tyres have been being monitored to ensure they meet safety standards.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Trading Standards Service has carried out checks on local companies to see that they comply with the Motor Vehicles Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994.

A recent survey by TyreSafe, a non-for-profit organisation, found that up to 98 per cent of part-worn tyres had potentially dangerous damage or did not comply with this legislation.

Environmental services committee convener Councillor Helen McKenna said: “Tyres are an expensive part of looking after our cars, and in this economic climate, more and more drivers are buying part-worn tyres to save on costs,” explains.

“So it’s important that consumers have confidence that when they buy these tyres, they are roadworthy and safe.

“Our trading standards officers have visited businesses across North Lanarkshire to check compliance and enforcement action will be taken against anyone selling tyres that fail the safety standards.”

Drivers considering buying part-worn tyres should buy them from a reputable company and check them carefully for any damage. The words ‘PART-WORN’ must be clearly marked on tyres and the EC approval mark ‘e11’ should be visible. For more information, go to Office.