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. Read more “Road Safety: Prohibit the sale of old tyres”