Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is urging motorists to be aware of the serious safety implications of part-worn tyres which often do not meet the minimum standards required and can be unsafe.
Environmental Health Officers in local Councils carried out a survey in 2014, across Northern Ireland to assess the compliance of part-worn tyre retailers with the Motor Vehicle Tyre (Safety) Regulations 1994.
The survey was a follow up to the first province wide initiative conducted by Environmental Health Officers in 2013 where 35% of part-worn tyres examined were found to have serious faults which would potentially affect their safety.
Councils are encouraged that the most recent exercise saw a reduction in the number of tyres with structural failures compared to the exercise carried out in 2013. However 10% were still found to have serious faults which would potentially affect their safety
The councils carried out a range of actions following the findings including verbal and written advice, issuing of warnings and the issue of formal cautions. Three councils also started legal proceedings with retailers receiving fines.
“These results are frightening,” said Lord Mayor Councillor Darryn Causby. “I would encourage the public who are thinking of buying part-worn tyres to check out www.tyresafe.org which details tyre safety information.”