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Warning over part-worn tyres danger

MOTORISTS in the North West are being warned to avoid buying part-worn tyres at all costs, or risk causing death on the roads.

Erm. Been using part work tyres for twenty two years without a problem. Millions of them are fitted every day. This sounds like one of those, 'Something must be done', moments. Maybe one part worn tyre has been possibly responsible for an injury and now there is a campaign by the hard of thinking to have them banned?

The National Tyre Distributors Association is calling for a complete ban on the sale of part-worn tyres.

Oh, my mistake, it's the other one; a business interest who want the government to ban the competition

This comes after its new independent research showed almost two-thirds of motorists in the North West who admit to buying part-worn tyres do so because they are the cheapest option.

No shit, Sherlock. Of course they do. I bet they also 'admit' to buying Tesco Basics sausage rolls because they are cheaper than Greggs. Being cheaper does not make them bad. Part worn tyres are second hand and like any second hand item, it's cheaper (sometimes considerably) than a brand new equivalent

Association research also found in 2015 illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were responsible for more than 40 per cent of all vehicle defect-related deaths in the UK.

Your point? Defective or under inflated tyres can be dangerous, yes, but it's up to the driver to make sure their tyres are in good condition. A tyre isn't automatically defective or under inflated, just because it's previously been on another vehicle. A vehicle that will have donated far more second hand parts than just the tyres

Stefan Hay, chief executive of the association, said: “It’s incredibly alarming that so many motorists are choosing to purchase part-worn tyres because they are cheap, despite the distinct possibility that these could be illegal, putting themselves and other road users’ lives in grave danger.

My emphasis on the 'distinct possibility', that this chap wants to turn into a countrywide ban that will cost motorists hundreds of extra pounds that will go into the pockets of his cronies

That statement is such a leap, it's unbelievable. He's saying that because there is a possibility that a business will sell something that isn't up to standard, that item should be banned outright. There are laws against selling defective tyres and there are laws against letting good tyres become defective through over use. That's enough. No more is needed

"The current regulations are not working and we are seeing more and more illegal tyres being fitted to cars as drivers are swayed by cost alone."

Now it's just become a lie. The current regulations are fine and there is no evidence that illegal tyres are being intentionally fitted on vehicles to reduce cost

There can only be one reason this cretin wants to ban part worns: They deprive him of income. What a w%$£er

I did a quick Google while writing this, just to see how many people are actually killed by defective tyres and there are quite a few. This article from 2014 gives the same statistic as quoted above; 40% of vehicle defect related deaths in 2013 were down to tyres. Either the percentage has not changed in the last three years or outdated stats are being used for the new campaign

The 2013 article though, does not mention part worn tyres once. The reasons quoted for defective tyres are motorists not taking proper care of them and making the proper checks

One thing it does mention though, is that October is tyre safety month. I did not know that (why would I?), but I bet our chap from the Tyre Distributors Association is using this little known fact to launch his crusade against motorists purchasing affordable tyres


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