KNow Your Tyres and the law

Know Your tyres and the law

To be on the road, tyre's must be free of any defects and correctly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer recommended pressure

A fit for purpose tyre must be: 

  • free of any lump, bulge or tear caused by separation or partial failure of the structure.
  • compatible with the types of tyres fitted to the other wheels.
  • free of any cut or tear in excess of 25mm or 10% of the sectional width of the tyre, whichever is greater, and which is deep enough to reach the ply or cord without any part of the ply or cord exposed. 
  • have a minimum of 1.6mm tyre tread depth across the central three quarters of the tyre in a continuous band across the entire circumference. 

If a vehicle is found to have a tyre that does not meet these standards, or have tyres with different nominal size or aspect ratio fitted on the same axle, it will result in a failed MOT

Also, a driver found to be driving on damaged or illegal tyres could be fined by the police for up to £2,500 and receive 3 penalty points for each illegal tyre. Thus, if all four tyres are found to be illegal the driver could receive 12 penalty points and be immediately disqualified

For more information and to get genuine tyres for your car, contact us at your local Caffyns dealership

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