Roads Minister Jesse Norman has launched a consultation to ban 10-year-old tyres from buses, coaches and lorries on the UK roads, in the drive to increase health and safety.
This consultation on options to ban older tyres also includes mini-buses and taxis; ultimately, it will make it illegal for fleets, businesses and other road users to run with tyres that are at least 10 years old.
The commitment to tyre safety and replacing ageing tyres from vehicles using the UK’s roads comes thanks to a campaign called ‘Tyred’, which is led by Frances Molloy; her 18-year-old son Michael was one of three people tragically killed in a coach crash seven years ago, caused by the failure of a 19-year-old tyre on the vehicle’s front axle.
Earlier in 2019, the Roads Minister updated Parliament on the government’s commitment to improving tyre quality; an update of the guidance in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) makes it clear that vehicle operators cannot use tyres that are 10 years of age on the front or steering axles of the vehicles.
But now, the government’s consultation will look at all options on banning older tyres.
And the Roads Minister said: “I want to pay tribute to Frances Molloy and the Tyred campaign for their brilliant campaign to ban older tyres on buses and coaches.
“I believe the changes we are consulting on will save lives, and I hope it will be welcomed by everyone who shares a commitment to making our roads safer, for the benefit of all.”
As part of the drive to greater safety of vehicles, the government commissioned research last year to establish the effect age has on the integrity of road vehicle tyres.
Testing an analysis is currently being undertaken and the outcome of this research will be published later in spring of this year.