Legalities of tyres

There are two options either to pay a fine for making use of illegal tyres or pay out for the tyres so that they are safe and legal. The law is in place, which has certain guidelines that everyone has to comply with in relation to their car tyres.

The driving of damaged or worn out tyres can result in the fine or result in
MOT failure. It may even affect the insurance policy of the car as well. The legal issues need to be resolved but the most important thing is to stop using the damaged or worn out tyres as they endanger the lives of its users.

The car has to be maintained at peak performances and the easiest way is to maintain proper tyres by regularly keeping a check on formation of lumps or bumps or any kind of wear and tear that occur due to the separation or partial structural failure.

The cut or tear should not exceed the length of 25mm or 10 % of the tyre’s width else the tyre needs to be replaced with a functional one as deep cuts may cause damage to the tyre’s inner cords. The tyre’s internal plies should be protected from outside exposures. And any tyre that is being fitted to the vehicle should be compatible with tyres of other wheels. One should ensure that the tyre used in the car or trailer is of permissible standards and doesn’t cause damage to the road as well as its passengers.

The legal tyre maintenance suggests that all car tyres ought to be puffed up to accurate air demands as per the recommendation of car manufacturer or tyre manufacturer. Some tyres require to be maintained at partially inflated state.

The officially permitted tread deepness of 1.6mm is the minimum requirement for car tyres. This tread depth should be throughout a continuous band in the center ¾ of the tread and around the entire circumference. The said tread depth is mandatory and the minimum legal requirement wherein the original tread pattern must be visible as well.

Carrying of spare tyres is neither mandatory nor having a spare tyre is illegal. But the spare tyres should always comply with the legal standards.

The biggest risk of making use of damaged tyres in cars or trailers is that they are a dangerous proposition for the passengers within the vehicle as well as other people and vehicles on the road. The use of illegal or damaged tyres is punishable under the law.

The traffic police can issue Fixed Penalty notices to such offenders. In case the offenders don’t comply with the charges they can be prosecuted and even arrested. The legal notices are issued in the name of driver as well as the owner, incase he/she not the same person.

A court can compel fines up to a maximum of $2,500 and three penalty points. If a car has added flawed tyre, a directive can be issued for each prohibited tyre.

Certain circumstances require total disqualification.

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