Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bridgestone: Fine Drivers with Unsafe Tyre Tread Levels ; #THELATESTNEWS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bridgestone: Fine Drivers with Unsafe Tyre Tread Levels ; #THELATESTNEWS

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TYRE giant Bridgestone is calling for mandatory fines for people who drive on defective or illegally worn tyres.

Currently, the threepoint penalty and maximum Pounds 2,500 fine per tyre are not compulsory and require a formal prosecution to action.

But the tyre maker is asking the UK Government to follow Ireland's lead in introducing a fixed penalty similar to those issued for speeding or using a mobile phone.

Bridgestone UK managing director Robin Shaw explained the move: "There are literally millions of tyres on our roads which are illegal and pose a danger to other motorists' lives.

"Because tyres are the only contact points between a car and the road, their condition plays a huge factor in overall road safety."

A survey undertaken by TyreSafe in partnership with Highways England of the tread depth of tyres at the point of replacement, from February to May 2015, showed that more than a quarter of all drivers had an illegal tyre on their vehicle. …

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