Part-worn tyres fitted on cars on the East Riding’s roads may not be up to standard, according to a survey by East Riding of Yorkshire Council
The council’s trading standards team has just surveyed traders supplying part worn tyres. The survey revealed wide-spread evidence of inadequate labelling and limited safety checks, and officers seized a small number of unsafe tyres.
Paul Abbott, the council’s public protection services group manager, said: “Over the past four years the number of retailers of part worn tyres in this area has jumped from five to well over 30. More people are dealing in these tyres than ever before.
“There are strict rules governing the sale of pre-worn tyres, such as minimum tread, ensuring they are free from defects such as cuts, bulges and deterioration, as well as of inadequate repairs.
“Anyone thinking of buying part-worn must ask the retailer if the tyres have undergone all the necessary checks, to ensure their own safety. If you are buying part worn and those words have not been stamped on the tyre that should set alarm bells ringing for a start.
“The team carried out this survey to make sure the trade is aware of its responsibilities when selling part worn tyres and that they are following the law to the letter. Nothing less is acceptable.”
Three retailers are to receive letters from the council warning them to comply with the law. Failure to comply could lead to conviction in court and fines of up to £5,000 or six months in prison. All retailers in the East Riding have been provided with legal guidance, impressing on them the need to thoroughly check the tyres they sell.
Further unannounced inspections will take place and those found not complying with legal requirements will be fully investigated.
For further information, visit the council’s website and search under trading standards. Anyone who believes they have been sold an unsafe product should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506.