Vehicle operators found using tyres more than 10 years old will face a follow-up investigation and potential regulatory action.
From the 23 November 2018, if the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) finds a tyre more than 10 years old as part of its routine heavy vehicle enforcement work, it will carry out follow-up investigations on the vehicle operator.
If the operator cannot give an adequate explanation for using an old tyre, or their tyre management systems are not up to standard, DVSA may refer them to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner for potential regulatory action.
Updated guidance for operatorsDVSA has updated its guide to maintaining roadworthiness as part of Road Safety Week. It builds on previous guidance issued by the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2013 which strongly discouraged the use of tyres older than 10 years on coaches.
Jesse Norman, Roads Minister, said:
I asked the DVSA to consider this measure as a means to tighten enforcement against the use of older and potentially dangerous tyres.
This is an important step forward in our efforts to improve tyre safety. The Department for Transport is continuing to work with experts to collect robust evidence on older tyres. This research will report back in the spring.
Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, said:
DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles.
Tyre safety is vital and DVSA has always taken strong action to protect the public from unsafe tyres of all ages.
By changing our approach, we’re sending the message that no one should use tyres more than 10 years old.
Roadside checksDVSA has also updated its categorisation of defects guide to include tyres aged more than 10 years old fitted to any heavy vehicle or trailer.
The guide, which is for DVSA enforcement staff, sets out what action they can take when they find roadworthiness defects on vehicles.
From April 2016 to March 2017, DVSA enforcement staff carried out: