Defective tyre convictions at four year high

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Court convictions for motorists in England and Wales driving on defective tyres are at a four year high, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice and Home Office.

TyreSafe obtained the statistics which revealed to car insurance policyholders that in 2010, 10,475 automobile owners were convicted for having unsafe wheels.

According to the figures, this number was up by almost 1,000 on 2009's report.

Furthermore, these latest statistics do not take into account tyre related incidents that police deal with at the roadside.

Stuart Jackson, chairman at TyreSafe, said: "These latest figures are very worrying indeed and show that the courts take a very dim view of people driving on defective tyres."

He added that this research highlights that local authorities are taking a tough stance on this type of offence, and if people do get into a vehicle with illegal wheels then they should be prepared to pay the price.

A report by confused.com revealed to car insurance owners that Brits can be fined up to £2,500 for having a defective tyre and possibly incur three penalty points on their licence.

Posted by Rick Malone

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