Sellers of illegal tyres face prosecution, a hefty fine and time behind bars
The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued a stark warning to drivers after a Trading Standards team discovered 83 per cent of second-hand tyres sold by the conmen were not safe.
Some 4.5million part-worn tyres are sold every year in the UK, with 908 injuries and 16 deaths of the road in 2015 partly caused by illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.
The LGA have warned that the scam artists ripping off the British public are “putting lives at serious risk”.
Sellers of illegal tyres face prosecution, a hefty fine and time behind bars for forcing motorists to dice with death on a daily basis.
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One tyre the Trading Standards team found for sale turned out to be a staggering 23 years old.
In the investigation Brent and Harrow officers found only 17 per cent of tyres – bought from 12 different traders – met the legally acceptable requirements.
Some 4.5 million part-worn tyres are sold every year in the UK
Over half inspected were over eight years old and one was 17 years old.
One cowboy trader is facing prosecution as a result of the shoddy tyres on sale, after being visited for a second time and found to be continually palming off dangerous tyres to customers.
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In Durham an abysmal 2.6 per cent of tyres at various dealers were correctly labelled, with 10 showing unsafe repairs and nine were more than a decade old.
In Enfield half of all tyres bought by officers were potentially lethal, and 83 per cent were also not correctly labelled.
One tyre the Trading Standards team found for sale turned out to be a staggering 23 years old
They are putting lives at serious risk
All second-hand tyres are required to have a ‘part-worn’ sticker, certifying that they have been checked and meet the legal requirements.
Councillor Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, slammed the con artists, saying: “The prevalence of dangerous used tyres for sale at some businesses is alarming and irresponsible traders have got questions to answer because they are putting lives at serious risk.
“Cheap part-worn tyres might be tempting to buy but if they don’t have the correct legal markings, motorists risk buying illegal tyres which could contribute to a major accident.”
Mr Blackburn added Trading Standards was always poised to prosecute anyone trying to shift dodgy tyres.
A Trading Standards team discovered 83 per cent of second-hand tyres sold by the conmen weren't safe
He added drivers should check tyres meet the legal safety requirement, controlled by the Consumer Protection Act.
Anyone who suspects that part-worn tyres being sold do not comply with legislation should contact their local council’s Trading Standards via Citizens Advice on 03454 040506.