Tyres ten years or older could be banned


10 week government consultation 'to improve road safety' underway

When purchasing a used truck it's important to stay up to date on the latest changes and additions to government regulations - such as the proposed new restrictions on tyres, which could come into force in early 2020.

The Department for Transport is currently in consultation regarding proposed new legislature to ban the use of  tyres 10 years or older on certain vehicle types. 

The consultation, which began on 23rd June and concludes on 1st September, asks whether older tyres should be banned on HGV's, heavy trailers, buses, coaches and minibuses, including tyres that have been re-treaded 10 or more years ago.

If passed, this legislature may also prohibit the use of re-treaded tyres of any age on the steered axles of these vehicle types, in line with the UK tyre industry best practice. It also considers wheter the ban should be extended to taxis and private hire vehicles.

The consultation follows two significant road traffic collisions in recent years, in which eight people were killed. It was later determined that a contributory factor to both collisions was a defective tyre fitted to the steered axle of the vehicle.

A research project was launched by the government in 2018 which looked into whether the age of a tyre has a direct impact on its safety. The DVSA updated their guidance on maintaining roadworthiness in November 2018 to state that "tyres of 10 years of age or older should not be used on the front axles of heavy goods vehicles as well as buses and coaches."

Christopher Snelling, head of UK policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), said: "Given the amount of mileage covered by a typical commercial driver, FTA finds it unlikely that many of our members have tyres that are 10 years old.

"FTA is committed to ensuring the highest safety standards are met across the logistics industry, and as such, is happy to work with the Department for Transport (DfT) on this consultation."

If successful, the new legislature will make it an offence to drie or operate a vehicle where the date markings are not visible and legible. This means in practice that tyres will need to be fitted to the wheel-rims with the date markings facing outwards.

If you are looking for a used vehicle make sure to check out our latest used stock, and if you are operating older vehicles on your fleet be sure to stay up to date with this legislative consultation via the below links: