The UK Government has launched an open consultation to examine whether banning tyres that are 10 years and older should be implemented.
The proposed ban would include old tyres on buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses, and if approved, the new rules could come into force as early as 2020.
The consultation, from the Department for Transport (DfT), The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Michael Ellis MP forms part of the plans to keep people safe on the roads, and actions to reduce the number of people killed or injured on the UK’s roads.
The old tyre consultation will run for the next 10 weeks (starting June 23rd 2019) and asks whether old 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.
The consultation is the result of a campaign by Francis Malloy whose son died in a coach crash in 2012 where a 19-year-old tyre was found to be the cause. Her passionate campaign with the ‘Tyred’ campaign has led to this consultation’s launch.
Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis said:
"Our priority is keeping people safe on our roads, and we are taking action to reduce the number of people killed or injured.
"There is increasing evidence that age affects the safety of tyres, which is why I think older tyres should not be used on large vehicles.
"I would like to thank Frances Molloy and the Tyred campaign for their work raising this important issue – the changes we are consulting on could save lives."
There is a growing body of evidence to support the need for the ban, including research commissioned for the DfT showing that ageing tyres suffer from corrosion, which causes an impact on their performance and safety.
Bus operators have been advised not to use older tyres at the front of their vehicles. Inspections of 130,000 buses by the DVSA since 2017 showed only 0.06 per cent were in breach of the guidance.
The DVSA also updated its guidance on maintaining roadworthiness to say tyres aged 10 years and older should not be used on the front axles of heavy goods vehicles, as well as buses and coaches.
Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation should visit the government’s 'Banning tyres aged 10 years and older' web page.
The consultation closes at 11:45 on 1 September 2019.