I have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 167 calling for a change in the law to prohibit the use of tyres over the age of 10 years on public service vehicles.
This EDM has been supported by the Tyred campaign. This campaign was launched following the tragic events of 2012 when a coach transporting young people back from a music festival crashed, causing three people to lose their lives. The crash was caused by a tyre that was 19.5 years old.
Following an inquest into the crash the coroner wrote to the Government appealing for legislation to ban tyres older than 10 years from being used by coaches or mini-buses.
The Department of Transport did not implement this change in legislation but simply amended the safety guidelines of public service vehicles (busses, mini-busses, coaches etc.), recommending that tyres over 10 years should not be fitted.
This EDM states:
That this House welcomes the launch of the Tyred campaign; recognises the outstanding work that Frances Molloy, mother of Michael Molloy, and the parents of Kerry Ogden have done to highlight the dangers of ageing tyres on public service vehicles; notes the tragic deaths of Michael Molloy, Kerry Ogden and Colin Daulby in September 2012 following an avoidable coach crash caused by a defective front tyre; acknowledges the inquest verdict that the cause of the crash was the age of the tyre; further acknowledges the coroner’s verdict that tyres deteriorate significantly with age; further recognises that in the interests of passenger safety, tyres exceeding 10 years old should not be used on public service vehicles; accepts that compliance with Government guidelines published in December 2013, that advises operators against the use of tyres exceeding 10 years of age, is not guaranteed without legislation; recognises that a change in the law to ban the use of tyres over the age of 10 years is urgently required; and believes that the Government should take steps to ensure the use of tyres exceeding the age of 10 years on public service vehicles is prohibited under UK law.
Public safety is at risk as long as the Government refuse to ban the use of tyres over 10 years of age on public service vehicles. We have already witnessed a devastating road traffic collision involving a bus which tragically killed three young people. This should have been a wakeup call for the Government that lives are at risk, but they have continued to do nothing.
I am working with other MPs to ensure that we maintain pressure on the Government to act now. This Early Day Motion demonstrates that a change in the law is simple and can be done quickly. There is no reason why they shouldn’t implement the new law now.
With more and more vehicles on the roads today than ever before we need to be reviewing legislation to maintain the UK’s proud history on highway safety. We have some of the safest roads in the world and this reform on tyre age would be another measure to secure that record.