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
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.
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