Online tyre sales raise safety worries

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AutoExpress and the campaign group Tyresafe have joined forces to expose the shocking state of some of the second hand tyres for sale online. They describe some of the tyres for sale as “lethal”. They claim that illegal second-hand tyres “litter” eBay.

With four new tyres costing anything up to £1000, it shouldn’t be a surprise in this time of austerity that British motorists are estimated to buy four million used tyres each year to save on costs.

In a series of test purchases, TyreSafe bought 50 used tyres – half offline, half online – and found that only one of the tyres they got their hands on passed the UK’s stringent safety tests. Under the Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations Act 1994, regulations stipulate the acceptable repair, tread depth and overall condition of rubber.

Stuart Jackson, the chairman of the TyreSafe  campaign said: “Although a number of clear regulations exist which permit the sale of part-worn tyres, our investigation makes it obvious these are not being adhered to.”

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