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Part-worn tyre sales under the microscope again

Wed, 04 Jun 2014

SALES of part-worn tyres are about to hit the agenda again following a study from charity TyreSafe that found 98% of potentially dangerous part-worn tyres were being sold illegally.

As a result the organisation has stepped up to take part in the forthcoming Trading Standards conference at the end of June, after a successful trial last year.

Running for three days from 30th June at the Harrogate International Centre, the event is the biggest gathering of trading standards officers and enforcement professionals in the UK.

With its main theme of ‘changing behaviour’, TyreSafe claims that it sees the event as “an ideal platform to continue its ongoing education and awareness activities designed to reduce the number of part worn tyres being illegally sold in the UK.”

TyreSafe will set up a stand at the conference explaining the dangers and legal pitfalls surrounding part-worn tyres, and why fitting them to any car could be a fatal error.

The Police will get a talking to as well, with TyreSafe planning to explain a “robust” method of checking the safety of part-worn rubber.

“Last year’s conference was incredibly successful for TyreSafe and we are delighted to announce our return in 2014,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe.

“As a direct result of our participation in 2013, many Trading Standards offices around the UK carried out local investigations which have resulted in numerous education initiatives and even prosecutions and arrests of unscrupulous sellers. We look forward to developing this dialogue even further this year.”

By Press Association reporter