Trading Standards Officers from Middlesbrough Council’s Public Protection Service carried out a joint tyre safety project with TyreSafe, Cleveland Police and Department of Work, and the Environment Agency to 7 part worn tyre premises in Middlesbrough in October 2018.
The police and Environment Agency also carried out roadside tyre checks on cars and vans in the area.
The project involved visiting premises selling part worn tyres, examining the tyres for compliance with legal requirements on safety and labelling, and then providing advice to businesses.
Middlesbrough Council undertook the project to address local and national safety concerns about the safety of part worn tyres.
It was undertaken in October 2018 to coincide with Tyre Safe’s Tyre Safety month. The project was carried out over a one day period. Previous intelligence was used to identify potential premises to be visited.
The joint task force then visited the seven premises selected and checked the part worn tyre stock for required labelling and safety concerns such as poor tyre repairs, damage or age-related deterioration.
Seven premises were visited in Middlesbrough during which 20 tyres were checked, 14 of which failed to comply with legal requirements and were advised to be taken off sale.
Most of the stock did not display the required Part Worn labelling, two had penetrative damage from nails or screws, five had unsatisfactory repairs, two had beading damage and five showed age deterioration.
As well as verbal advice given on the day, follow up letters were provided to the businesses concerned outlining any specific concerns with their business.
In addition, Tyre Safe advice leaflets on car tyres and part worn tyres were provided to each dealer to raise awareness of tyre safety requirements amongst their staff.
The project highlighted a widespread lack of awareness of the labelling requirements for part worn tyres within the tyre trade, with some lack of knowledge of the potential defects/safety problems associated with second hand tyres. The advice provided addressed this knowledge gap.
The tyre safety advice could be rolled out to other traders within the tyre sector to raise awareness of tyre safety requirements, thereby improving the tyre market.
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