New tyre law coming to effect in February could result in huge fines

Tyre law changes coming to effect in February will mean cars with wheels older than 10 years could be banned from the road.

The government announced the new law which will impact lorries, buses and even coaches.

From this month, it is illegal to fix tyres older than 10 years to front axels of good vehicles with a gross weight over 3,500kg.

The full range of vehicles this will affect includes minibuses, coaches, lorries and also buses.

This decision was made by the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations back on July 15, 2020.

It follows a study which revealed tyre failures were up by 3% last year.

And it also found up to 8.5 million motorists could be driving with illegal tyres.

It doesn't just cause road safety issues, but it could lead to fines of up to £2,500.

The data, from the UK's leading automotive retailer for new cars Evans Halshaw, found many illegal tyres were on the road.

Michael Hunt, Group Head of Aftersales, said: "Our study has demonstrated just how common illegal tyres are in the UK."

  • Thousands of Brits could risk fines and losing MOT certificate within a few days

He added: "Revealing that one in four drivers are potentially on the roads with a safety-critical tyre each day."

It's important to have safe tyres fit as it could lead to danger for the driver and others on the road.

Meanwhile, this isn't the first law to be enforced for motorists in recent months.

Previously, we revealed the new driving laws to come into effect in 2021.

Motorists in the UK are being warned of a number of new driving laws that will come into force this year.

The changes could impact millions of motorists across the country with some laws already being finalised.

Firstly, the MOT extension ended on January 31 so anyone caught without a valid certificate could face consequences.

Also Brexit changes could mean drivers have to carry an International Driving Permit when they're abroad.

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