Tyresafe Campaign-About the dangers of buying Part Worn Tyres-www.tyresafe.org

Tyresafe Campaign

Tyresafe Campaign

Post updated  2/2/2014

Tyresafe Campaign about part worn tyres; are just not worth the money ?

RT @Tyresafe: If you’re thinking about fitting part worn tyres, take a look at this quick movie first http://t.co/S9YjRbyH

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Pellon tyres are a member of Tyresafe and are concerned about part worn tyres

For all tyre safety matters this is the web-site to look at and inwardly digest what they are saying.

Before buying Part worn tyres you must look at what they have to say?. The Tyresafe Campaign go about their business buying sample products from all over the country and working out the real worth of part worn tyres and the facts are startling. You should not be buying these tyres, not only could they be dangerous but” pound for pound” they are not worth the money that you will pay out for them .

What constitutes a part worn tyre to be sold legally?

Many local council trading standards officers are pursuing part worn tyre outlets and prosecuting the ones that are breaking the law. Not least Warwickshire County Council. Part worn tyres must be checked for cuts, bulges, exposed tyre chords and should have no foreign bodies embedded in them such as nails and screws. They should be clearly marked as part worn tyres with a minimum tread depth of 2 mm all round before they can be sold.

Trading standards officers often pretend to be genuine customers and go round buying part worn tyres, to be tested. Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards Service said:

“Whilst all the tyres we purchased passed the tread depth test, only one was stamped as ‘part-worn’ and two failed because of tread separation or slow pressure loss, neither of which would be obvious to a consumer straight away. Our advice is that it’s always safest to buy brand new tyres, but if you are buying part-worn, make sure the tyre has been tested, check the tread depth, look out for lumps and bumps and keep an eye on the tyre pressure”

We have had many of our own customers who have paid up to half the price of a cheap new tyre for a pat worn, only to find out that the tyre has only lasted them for a couple of weeks, complete false economy. This The Tyresafe Campaign is most welcome?

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

See on www.tyresafe.org

 

 

Tyresafe Campaign

Vast majority of part worn tyres sold illegally-TyreSafe-UK Tyre Safety and Driver Awareness

part worn tyres sold illegally

part worn tyres sold illegally

Following the Local Government Authority’s warning and advice to motorists considering buying part worn tyres, TyreSafe is urging Britain’s motorists to be extremely vigilant if considering used and not new tyres.

part worn tyres sold illegally

Firstly let me say that I have nothing against selling part worn tyres. Hence, if they are “LEGAL” part worn tyres. Of course, I will explain what i mean? The crisis always starts at the end of an economic recession. Thus, buying part worn tyres is all part of drivers balancing household budgets. For some reason, tyres are not respected as a car safety item by all motorists.

Because of this tyres are one of those things that are put at the bottom of the pile. Accordingly, we in the tyre trade have seen this all this before. In fact the last time was in the 1990’s. The older tyre retailers amongst us will remember all the little bucket shops that opened up over night.as a result, selling second hand tyres. These people did not care about the condition of the tyres that they sold to the public. For this reason, the tyre trade protested adamantly.

Eventually, a new tyre law was introduced. This was to sift out the genuine second hand tyres from the rubbish that these back street tyre shops were selling. The new law was also monitored by the trading standards organisation. As expected the trading standards went around enforcing the law and many of these illegal tyre shops closed down and heavily fined.

part worn tyres sold illegally

Time has since gone by. Hence, with the next economic recession raising it’s ugly head in 2008. This triggered another spate of part worn tyre shops. This time they opened in mainly immigrant areas, along with the advent of car washes. Many of these bucket shops are run by young men who have never probably heard of tyre laws, including the one that regulates part worn tyres in 1995. Once again we in the tyre trade are up in arms. The public should be warned about these tyres that could have safety issues.

This Tyresafe.org article should be given to every driver.

Eric Roberts.

 

Source: Vast majority of part worn tyres continue to be sold illegally – TyreSafe – Promoting UK Tyre Safety and Driver Awareness

Quentin Willson discusses part worn tyre dangers

Quentin Willson discusses part worn tyre dangers-the dangers of part worn tyres

Quentin Willson discusses part worn tyre dangers

Quentin Willson discusses part worn tyre dangers

This video is really welcome. because as we all know Quentin Willson, is a well known public face in the auto industry, here in the UK. In my opinion, we cant get enough.Thus, about educating the public about the false economy. hence, of buying these death trap tyres. The most annoying part of this subject. As expected, came about in the 1990’s. We then campaigned against these possible deadly tyres to be removed. Hence, a new law came out. This law raised the standards and most of us legitimate tyre dealers were happy with this.

Then for some reason, everything went to pot. More and more of these tyre shops started to open. Thus selling tyres that do not comply to the law. In other words, illegal tyres.

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=partworn+tyres

Text from the video.

Quentin not only discusses the dangers of part worn tyres but puts them to the test on a wet track to show you just how dangerous they can be. At speeds of only 25 miles an hour Quentin can feel the car beginning to lose control. We at HiQ urge you not to take the risk of buying part worn tyres. If you want to know more just check out our website at http://www.hiqonline.co.uk/Tyres/Part-Worn-Tyres/Real-Cost-of-Part-Worn-Tyres/

Part Worn Tyres Investigates

Part Worn Tyres Investigates-Look at these Dangerous used tyres for sale

Part Worn Tyres Investigates

Part Worn Tyres Investigates

This video could be about any town and city across the world. Consequently, it shows yet more people selling illegal and dangerous part worn tyres. Thus, I have been campaigning for years to have these tyres removed from the streets of the UK. To no avail? In fact the backstreet tyre shops that sell these illegal tyres are getting more common.

In my opinion, I do feel that this is a response to the people who are supposed to police this thing, the “Trading Standards”. Trading Standards, have been watered down by UK government cut-backs. Of course, certain members of the press and TV has picked up on this problem. Therefore we are starting to get the part worn tyre problem published.

Tyresafe.org are very pro-active in making the correct authorities aware of the problem. For this reason, another frightening aspect of this is the fact that, public taxis are now fitting these death traps onto cars. Hence, that drive the public around day and night. They should be made to display a warning sign on the side of their taxis, warning about the dangers of the lethal tyres.

Part Worn Tyres Investigates

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=partworn+tyres

This is text from the video.

As consumers look to save hundreds of dollars on used tires, KOB Eyewitness News 4 found some Albuquerque shops selling worn out tires that police consider “dangerous” and “illegal.”

Some of the tires purchased by KOB Eyewitness News 4 were so worn, even the tread indicators on the tires were barely visible.
Tire industry representatives believe the economy has people turning to potentially dangerous used tires more often.
“We hear particularly with the recession that more people may be turning to used tires, as an alternative. They may have lost their job, they have financial pressures, their vehicle needs tires, but they may not be able to afford new tires. And a used tire may be an attractive alternative,” Daniel Zielinski of the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association said.
Zielinski said the used tire industry is difficult to track.

Tyre Safety Don't Compromise

Tyre Safety Don’t Compromise-Don’t Chance It, Check It at regular intervals Safety is Paramount.

Tyre Safety Don’t Compromise

Tyre Safety Don’t Compromise

In my opinion Tyresafe.org, have been one of the most influential road safety groups in the UK. Hence, the not for profit group are constantly informing the public about tyre related safety issues. Of course, the organisation also campaign against the sale of illegal part-worn tyres. part-worn tyres are also my particular bug-bare.

The people that sell these tyres, must know that the tyres they sell are illegal. Of course, we all know the people that are doing this. naturally we will be called racists if we say anything about it. At the moment the law does not want to know. We have all seen the piles of scrap tyres pilled up outside their premises. I can remember not too long ago. When many long standing legitimate tyre retailers were heavily find for not keeping their waste tyre out of the eyes of the public.

In fact we had to buy a container to store away our waste tyres in. Therefore, before they were collected by legally licence scrap tyre companies. All this has gone to pot? I am also disgusted at the amount of taxis and private hire vehicles that i see having these illegal tyres fitted. What will it take for the law to intervene?

Tyre Safety Don’t Compromise

We in the tyre retail trade have seen this illegal tyre selling before. In fact, new tyre laws were passed in the 1990’s. These laws were introduced to make part worn tyres safer. These back street part worn are not selling tyres under this law and they should be closed down by the authorities. Tyresafe are trying to combat this by using awareness and warning the public about the problem. The law is very clear http://www.partworn-tyres.co.uk/?qards_page=the-law

Eric Roberts

This is the text that accompanied this video

October is Tyre Safety Month. New research by Tyresafe reveals that one in four motorists are replacing their tyres after they have reached the legal minimum standards. Don’t chance it, check your tyre tread, pressure and general condition every month to stay safe on the road and avoid fines and penalty points on your licence.

Part Worn tyres-Guilty verdict for illegal part worn tyre seller – FleetNews

part worn tyres

A Lincolnshire tyre retailer faces up to 12 months in prison along with a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of supplying unsafe part worn tyres to the public.

 

A Lincolnshire tyre retailer faces up to 12 months in prison along with a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of supplying unsafe part worn car tyres to the public. Good news for the battle against traders selling these unsafe tyre products to unsuspecting but gullible public.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Part+Worn+Tyres+Policy

Illegal Part Worn tyres

This is one of my pet hates, the fact that people are allowed to sell these illegal part worn tyres and get away with it, (well some of them). This is not the first time that the part worn tyre problem has come to haunt the industry. It last raised its ugly head in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

There was a huge outcry from within the tyre industry, which eventually led to the Government setting certain standards, that would allow part worn tyres to be sold legally. These are listed below courtesy of tyresafe.org.

Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act, it is an offense for anyone to sell Part Worn Tyres UK that do not meet the following principal requirements:

1-   The structural integrity must not be compromised. It should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed.

2- Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale.

3- The original grooves must still be clearly visible in their entirety and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.

part worn tyres

This tyre was sold as used and still had a nail on the inside which was wearing away at the side-wall. The people that sell these do not care a hot about the drivers safety.

4-  Part worn tyres which have not been retreaded must clearly show the relevant ‘E’ mark alongside which ‘PART-WORN’ must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into the tyre.

5- Part-worn tyres that have been retreaded must have one of the following:

BS AU 144b, 144c, 144d, or 144e markings on the side wall (if first supplied as a retread on or before 31 December 2003 an ECE approval mark (if first supplied as a retread on or after 1 January 2004)

A permanent mark to identify the original model and manufacturer, the word ‘RETREAD’ moulded onto or into its sidewall (in upper case letters at least 4mm high) and further markings in accordance with ECE rules. You may need to seek further advice as to which rules apply

The indication ‘PART WORN’ must also appear next to the BS or ECE approval mark, or next to the word ‘RETREAD’

For tyres marked BS AU 144e, a speed category symbol and load capacity marking should be present.

A tyre has to comply with all these requirements whether or not it is fitted to a rim.

– See more at: http://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/part-worn-tyres/part-worn-tyres-and-the-law#sthash.7yuu0qZi.dpuf

These rules (laws) were brought out to try and make re-used old ones  safer when sold to the unsuspecting public. After a few years things appeared to level off and the industry thought that things had calmed down.

Part worn tyres raise their ugly heads again

Then came yet another recession and the tyre industry began to suffer once again, with the rise again of the illegal waste tyre trader. Small bucket shops began to open up all over the country, selling any old tyre rubbish as Part Worn tyres. I thought that there would be no way that the public would buy from such places, but I was wrong?

Not only was I wrong but these tyres were being sold with total disregard for the 1994 regulations, it is as though they never existed? Many trade bodies have been lobbying our government and people like me have been venting our frustration at the way that these tyres have been openly sold without any regard to safety or the 1994 regulations.

My main concern is purely the safety aspects for the thousands of motorists that buy these things, not knowing there condition or where they came from. It is good however that some trading standards department are once again raiding the premises of these people and prosecuting them for their actions. This is also occurring in the USA, the whole world is finally opening their eyes to the vast safety problem associated with these part worn accidents waiting to happen.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Yokohama Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Used Tyres-Florida lawmakers look to ban unsafe used tyres – Or part worns to us-ActionNewsJax.com

used tyres

 

 

     This should be a good example to all authorities to ban the sale of Used tyres.

 

 

Used tyres are a worldwide problem

This article is about the used tyres problem that also affects the USA, as well as the UK and also the rest of Europe. I can understand the problem was stepped up to a higher level when the economic downturn started to bite and the hard up motorists amongst us where tempted to gamble on cheap part worn tyres, for their cars.

I think that the terrible economic downturn affected most of us and most people, (my family and I included) had to cut their cloths accordingly. This where the internet took a massive boost, many people looked at sites such as E Bay to reduce the costs and try save some money. This had a two-fold effect on the tyre industry. Many what I call “lower end” tyre dealers started to sell what they called “used tyres” which are better known in the UK as “part worn tyres”, or they are known as New and Used Tyres.

At the same time we at Pellon tyres in Halifax UK, started to see an increase in customers with tyre problems. Also at the same time as this, hundreds of small tyre shops started to open up in every town across the country. These were all selling used tyres to the gullible motoring public, who thought that they buying a bargain tyre, when in fact they were perhaps putting their lives at risk. Since the rise of the part worn tyres there has been a significant rise in the road traffic accident figures and this has been linked to the use of these dangerous tyres.

We seem to get this problem at every recession that the country has to endure. The last time was in the nineties, when the government of the time had to pass legislation, to make the used tyres safer. They did this by passing regulations that said that these tyres should be tested and marked up as “Part Worn Car Tyres“.

Used Tyres

This part worn tyre only lasted one week before disintegrated.

The following used Tyre Safety Regulations are from TyreSafe UK

Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act, it is an offense for anyone to sell part worn tyres that do not meet the following principal requirements:

The structural integrity must not be compromised. It should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed.  Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale.

The original grooves must still be clearly visible in their entirety and must be to a depth of at least 2 mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.

Part worn tyres which have not been re-treaded must clearly show the relevant ‘E’ mark alongside which ‘PART-WORN’ must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4 mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into the tyre.

Part-worn tyres that have been re-treaded must have one of the following:

BS AU 144b, 144c, 144d, or 144e markings on the side wall (if first supplied as a re-tread on or before 31 December 2003 an ECE approval mark (if first supplied as a re-tread on or after 1 January 2004)

a permanent mark to identify the original model and manufacturer, the word ‘RETREAD’ moulded onto or into its sidewall (in upper case letters at least 4mm high) and further markings in accordance with ECE rules. You may need to seek further advice as to which rules apply

The indication ‘PART WORN’ must also appear next to the BS or ECE approval mark, or next to the word ‘RETREAD’

For tyres marked BS AU 144e, a speed category symbol and load capacity marking should be present.

A tyre has to comply with all these requirements whether or not it is fitted to a rim. This means that all the part worn tyres that are in your stock should be marked up and comply with

used tyres

This is typical of problems that we find from our customers buying part worn tyres. the nail was slowly wearing down the sidewall and was a potential tyre blowout and accident.

the law. I have nothing against the sale of used tyres that comply with this law, but unfortunately it has gone to the wayside.

Governments and local county and council officials are starting to clamp down on these people, but it is a long slow slog, trading standards have had staff cuts, like most other government departments and are fully stretched to take action.

Good news is starting to come out of the USA now with counties such as Florida looking at a complete ban the sale of these tyres and I think that this will spread and eventually it will sink in with pressure from the legitimate tyre dealers and organisations like the excellent tyresafe.org.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Jinyu Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Car Tyres- tread Re-cutting-What next? this is extremely dangerous?

Re-cutting Car Tyres-is it common practice in some countries?

I was truly shocked and amazed at the same time when I first saw the video at the bottom of this post. At first I was outraged at what was going on and so was the writer of the original

Re-cutting

This tyre was a part worn that had a massive repair done to the sidewall and only lasted for two days, before letting the lady customer down in a town centre.

article, but after a while I cannot help feeling that this practice does actually go on in other countries of the world.

The video has been filmed with a sense of pride by the guy who is doing the actual tyre re-cutting and it reminds me of the time when I used to re-cut truck tyres, when I worked for national company years ago. I know that we can re-cut truck tyres as long as we stick to the rules and regulations that are set out for us to follow, but the practice of re-cutting car tyres, has up to now been unheard of, unless somebody can point out where this is a legal thing to do?

Bad tyre repair cases are now cropping up now on the part worn tyres

I am sure that many of you tyre professionals out there have come across some pretty bad examples of things that are related to part worn tyres. There seems to be little care or thought towards the safety or the law where the part worn market is concerned.

Only last Saturday we had customer in that bought two part worn tyres fitted about two weeks before, only to find that they had completely fitted the wrong size, they were not even a legal match, they were far too small. When the customer was questioned as to why he had allowed this he said that the guy told him that it was perfectly alright and he also said that he felt a little threatened by the guys attitude, when he was questioning him about the wrong size.

This sort of thing is just the tip of the iceberg; the worst ones are the bad repairs that have been carried out by these people. We have seen some horrific cases where the tyre has only lasted a few days before blowing out or in some cases these tyres never keep their pressure and the customer brings them into us for sorting out.

The thing that I cannot understand though is that I have never met one customer who wants to go back where they bought the dodgy tyres, to complain. Perhaps some drivers are so hard up financially that they have no choice but to buy these things, and when problems arise they dare not go back in fear of been intimidated by these people.

Re-cutting

This tyre had a clear side-wall failure, that was fitted to the inside.we picked up the problem when the customer said that he had a bad wheel wobble?.

They must know that they are breaking the law when they sell the public these things, so do you have to be a special type of person sell them in the first place, looking at the state of some of the premises, it is a wonder that people go there in the first place, but as I say people can and must be desperate to keep their cars on the road, and this includes buying part worn tyres.

To go back to this video; I cannot recognize the language of the people that  who are re-cutting this car tyre , but it could even be here in the UK.

I only hope that these do not make their way to our shores, but nothing surprises me to what lengths these people will go to, to make money. As I have said on many occasions I see nothing wrong with selling part worn tyres as long as they were processed and sold within the law of our land.

Another fact that has come to my attention came to me from Serge Dejeen…In ETRTO recommendations it’s clear re-grooving of passenger car tyres is not permitted.
Extract of ETRTO “Re-grooving or re-cutting: Re-grooving or re-cutting consists of cutting a pattern in the base of the tread, deeper than the original pattern, to prolong mileage performance. Re-grooving or re-cutting of passenger car tyres is not permitted.
Note should be taken of national legislation.”
ETRTO= European Tyre and Rym Technical Organisation, is a professional organisation of standardisation (as well as JATMA and TRA).

Please take a look at this video and let me know what you think??

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship

Am I getting soft on Part Worn Tyres? 22% of British Drivers Now Using Them-should we be worried?

 These are very alarming figures 22%, almost a quarter of the driving public are buying these part worn tyres

But I am now thinking differently about the problem. In my opinion the Part Worn Tyres market has increased due to the financial crisis and a lot of young families are having to make

part worn tyres

This tyre came from a car recently and was bought as a part worn tyre. the so called repair in the tyre only lasted 2 weeks before failing. The lady bought this tyre with good intent, not knowing that it was indeed rubbish.

huge economic changes in their household budgets, but they regard their car as sanctity, a necessity, they will keep it running at whatever cost, even if it means running the car without insurance or road tax.

This is also where part worn tyres come into it. If it means keeping the car running then they will pay say £20 for a part worn tyre, I do not think that they care about its condition, all I can say is that they must trust the person that they are buying from, as long as it gets them about and they can keep their car running. It is the tyre industry that should make sure that the tyres that these people are using are in fact safe to use and come under the Part Worn Tyres law (Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act) that we have here in the UK and probably other countries too.

17% of drivers would also keep buying part worn tyres.

In my opinion the economic crisis has hit us all to the extent that we will probably never recover again. The retail market place has changed considerably over the past years, with consumers having to make huge cuts in their spending habits. This includes everybody, and I have to admit that includes my family. We are changing our shopping habits and the companies that are making changes to cope with the lack of consumer spending are becoming the winners.

Starting at the top of the chain, families are now shopping on a daily or twice weekly basis. Here in the UK the winners are becoming the smaller chains such as Lidl and Aldi, who are pushing the huge supermarket customers into second place, primarily because of the changing shopping habits of the consumers. We also having the cheaper clothing retailers who are doing well in this climate, stores such as Primark are sweeping the floor with much cheaper clothing than the high street stores, who are suffering from the general downsizing of the consumers.

In my opinion this is also the same problem that is affecting the tyre market at the moment. Drivers at the lower end of the economic scale are forced to buy part worn tyres to keep their cars on the road. According to the recent survey 17% of these drivers would also consider a repeat purchase of part worn tyres, which could mean that these people are taken out of the new car tyre market altogether. There has always been a slice of the tyre market that have bought second hand tyres, but this time the increase is quiet significant and is effecting many of the smaller tyre retailers up and down the country.

Fighting back with cheap budget tyres

One of the knock on effects of this gap in the market place is the price deflation of the budget tyre brands. My own business has seen a Sharpe increase in the cheap new tyre market. The manufacturers that are suffering are the mid-range tyre market and the leading companies appear to be holding their own, we are still getting our customers asking for their favorite brands. These are usually the older drivers that are known as the “Silvers” and that include me?

These are the drivers that will stick to Michelin and Dunlop and can still afford to pay the price for them.

I am only forming my opinion on the facts that are affecting my tyre business here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. But asking about and traveling around has opened my eyes to the number of part worn tyre bucket shops that have opened up in the last few years has quadrupled. The increase in these operations has opened my eyes to the extent of our industry wide problem. We seem to be more at the battle front in the poorer northern towns, especially the ones with a large immigrant population, such as Halifax.

Part worn tyres are also affecting the large companies

This problem probably multiplies the more depots that you own , so the huge tyre companies such as kwik-Fit must be pulling their hair out, in fact This recent survey was financed by Kwik-Fit and its findings were released to the rest of the industry. Roger Griggs of Kwik-Fit said…

“This research highlights the problems that British drivers have experienced with part worn tyres. Many of the second hand tyres sold in the UK are brought in from Europe by the container-load, having been taken off cars across the Channel. Motorists considering a part worn tyre should perhaps ask why a tyre that is no longer good enough for a Dutch, German or Danish driver would be good enough for them.

‘We recognise that drivers are keen to keep their motoring costs low, and we work hard to provide products and services to help them do that. There comes a point where cutting costs can compromise safety and this is especially true with tyres. After all, these are the only thing connecting a car with the road, so we urge drivers to consider whether they really need to opt for the unknown quality of second hand tyres.”

My problem with part worn tyres is the number that are found failing due to the damage that was already present when the tyres were fitted to the new customers car. This is due to the fact that tyres that are sold are not sold legally. Here in the UK we have a set of rules that states that part worn tyres should be tested for any faults or damage or objects in the tyres and the tyre s should be checked whilst under pressure. Then after the tyre is checked and found to OK, then a special patch should be stuck (vulcanized) to the tyre with the name of the company or tester displayed on the tyre.

I now know that the effect of part worn tyres on the businesses of reputable tyre retailers have forced them to start selling these part worn tyres themselves and in a way I cannot blame them. One guy that I know has set up a separate small depot specifically for selling these tyres. He has kept the two companies separate for obvious reasons, but at least he is now clawing some of the lost business back and he is also running the operation within the current part worn tyre laws.

I can now understand better the predicament that many people find themselves in and are forced by financial circumstances, to buy these second hand tyres. I think that we have all been affected by this crisis and will be for some time to come. I now believe that they is a place for part worn tyres, but they must be bought and sold within the law and we must get rid of these people who sell all the rubbish and dangerous tyres, by strengthening the current laws and more importantly, to clamp down on these dodgy tyre businesses that sell this rubbish through stronger law enforcement.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell New Car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Used car tyres?Are Drivers Really Worried Which TYRES they Fit to Their Cars?

 

 

Used car tyres

Which TYRES  should they Fit On Their Cars? Not Used car tyres

Along the line. I have written many articles about the use of Used car tyres. Some have been posted to LinkedIn. Hence,  I have received many different replies. Consequently, from other garage and tyre shop owners across the World. This information gives me some feedback. Also, a bigger picture of what other people in the same industry are feeling. Thus, about an individual subject, including the use of part worn, or Used car tyres. Here in the UK Tyre Industry. Some tyre shops are in fact sympathetic towards the car users.

In other words. They can only buy what they can afford to buy. This is the reason that there are thousands of small. What I call bucket shops.Hence, springing up all over the UK.

Used car tyres

Used car tyres compared to a new tyre

Also opening around the many car washes. That are also opening up on old petrol station sites. Also, on any demolished building site. I have no qualms about this. In fact.Most of my family go to these places for their cars washing; they are cheap and fast and do a good job.

Used car tyres

These car washes are also the places that have started to sell second-hand cars and Used car tyres. Going back to the car wash situation, I have noticed that many of these businesses just let their dirty water go down the nearest drain, without any treatment or filtering. We all know that we have environmental responsibilities when dealing with such things, but I cannot help feeling that these car washes are breaking the law, by just dumping the dirty water plus the chemicals down the drain and I assume into the nearest river causing pollution to the environment. I do not want to dwell on this too much because I think that it is the responsibility of the local authority and assume that these businesses are working legally I have attached an interesting link about this… https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/290144/pmho0307bmdx-e-e.pdf

My main point about the same type of companies selling Used car tyres. You must have noticed that the car wash people can stack up old car tyres on the same premises. Going back a couple of years. Thus, the environment agency cracked down. Therefore, on any legitimate tyre business or garage. That stacked up their old tyres. Visible to the public. Because of this, I and many others went out and bought a container to store the scrap tyres in, so that they could not be seen and were hidden away.

Used car tyres

It was all about being a responsible tyre depot owner and the environment. We still do this today all our scrap tyres are stored away out of site, but what about this car wash centres and partly used tyre shops. They appear to be working under a different law and rules to the rest of us. I see old tyres just piled up for weeks on end on the open show to passers-by, This is another thing that the environment agency seem to have passed by and forgotten about. Any company that disposes of the waste tyre must operate in the “duty of care act”. This is explained in the attached link… https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/reducing-and-managing-waste/supporting-pages/disposing-of-tyres   

Used car tyres

This links me to my main point, and that is that I now believe that because some people need a car but cannot afford to buy cheap new tyres, then they have to buy Used car tyres. We all know.that organisations such as the great Tyresafe.org have worked out that Used car tyres are more expensive in the long run, but the fact is that there were 6 million part worn tyres sold last year that did not meet the basic safety standards. This fact comes from some recent research by the Liverpool Victoria Insurance company.

According to TyreSafe UK, a staggering 23 million Used car tyres have been fitted to cars since 2009 and a quarter of those did not come under the legal requirements and that 1.5 million

Used car tyres

Used car tyres pile like this one are illegal

drivers were driving their cars with potentially dangerous tyres, and probably not even knowing of the threat to themselves and other road users.

One of the most worrying things is that most drivers do not even know anything about part worn tyres. Consequently, that part worn tyres come under any regulations or laws. Thus, think that the businesses who sell them these tyres, know what they are doing. But the evidence that I have seen on some of the tyres that have been fitted, clearly show that these people just do not care what they provide to their customer’s cars.

 

Tyres equipped with bad cuts and the fitted wrong way round

Here at Pellon tyres in Halifax, we get many part worn tyre clients who come to us with problems after they have fitted part worn tyres. We see tyres with sidewall cuts and damaged beads. The common one is for directional tyres that are fitted the wrong way round, with the direction arrows pointing to the rear, the wrong way round. Also, we see the wrong sizes mounted on the same axle and different constructions fitted to the same axle. I am not saying that all tyre shops that fit part worn tyres do this, but I think that many do.

The problem is that the customers believe that the tyre shop should know what they are doing and just leave it up to them. As I have said earlier some motorists are under financial pressures, but they must look out for the dealers who are knowingly selling illegal part worn tyres. A sign should be to look at what the place looks like, if it looks a dump then they will probably selling rubbish. Indeed I have noticed that some reputable tyre dealers have started to sell part worn tyres because they have had to do this to compete. I suspect that if you do have to buy a part worn tyre, then these would be the safer place to buy them?

To read more about the correct standards of part worn tyres in the UK see…  HTTP://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/CGI-bin/Aberdeen/bus1item.cgi?file=*BADV062-1111.txt

Eric Roberts