Tyres and The Law

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Tyre safety and the Law: Tyres in Cheddar™

There are some rules that all road users need to be aware of in relation to tyres and these are outlined below.

It is an offence to use a tyre that:

  • is not suitably inflated for the use to which the vehicle or trailer is put.
  • has a cut in excess of 25mm or 10 per cent of the section width of the tyre, whichever is the greater, deep enough to reach the ply or cord.
  • has a lump, bulge or tear caused by separation or partial fracture of its structure.
  • is unsuitable in regard to the vehicle's use or to the types of tyres fitted to the other wheels (this does not apply to temporary use spare tyres).
  • has any portion of the ply or cord exposed.
  • is not maintained in fit condition for the use to which the vehicle or trailer is put.
  • the base of any groove which showed in the original tread pattern of the tyre is not clearly visible
  • has a defect that might cause damage to the road surface or to persons on or in the vehicle or using the road.

Other things that should be considered are:

Age
Inevitably like many other things, tyres degrade with age, especially if the vehicle is not used very often. This can lead cracks in the side walls. Whilst there are no hard and fast rules against the age of tyres, if they are considered dangerous they are both a danger to the driver and other road users. Moreover, tyres with age related cracks could lead to an offence being committed. It is better around to have the tyres checked by an expert and, where necessary, replaced.
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Tread Depth
Whilst the legal limit for tyres is 1.6mm (Cars, goods vehicles e.g. vans, not exceeding 3500kg), in tests conducted by the Motor Industry Research Association found that tyres which are below 3mm have a much longer stopping distance. The tread depth needs to be in a complete band around the tyre - there should be no points where the tread depth goes below 1.6mm.

Most tyre manufacturer’s incorporate a feature called a Tread Wear Indicator or Mould Bar which is a line of rubber found 1.6 mm in between the tread pattern. As the tyres wear down, the Tread Wear Indicator becomes more visible and once it is flush with the outer surface of the tread, you have reached 1.6 mm. Ideally you will have replaced your tyres prior to this event but if not, you should book an appointment immediately. Not only is there a safety risk but it is an offence to drive a vehicle with less than the required tread and offenders can expect points and a fine for each tyre that fails to meet the standards.

Tyre Depth Specifics: Tyres in Cheddar™

Type of vehicle   Minimum tread depth
     
Cars, goods vehicles e.g. vans, not exceeding 3500kg Trailers and caravans not exceeding 3500kg   At least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band in the centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference
     
Most other vehicles e.g. busses, large goods vehicles etc.   At least 1mm throughout a continuous band across at least 3/4 of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. The original tread pattern must be clearly visible in the remaining quarter. At least 1mm where the original pattern did not extend beyond three-quarters of the breadth of the tread.
     
Motorcycles over 50cc   At least 1mm throughout a continuous band across at least 3/4 of the breadth of the tread and around the entire circumference. The original tread pattern must be clearly visible in the remaining quarter. At least 1mm in where the original pattern did not extend beyond three-quarters of the breadth of the tread.
     
Mopeds and motorcycles not exceeding 50cc   The original tread pattern must be clearly visible

 

 

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Tyres in Cheddar™ offer a range of related services to their customers including, but not limited to;

  • FREE Tyre Inspections
  • Tyre Supply (including run flat tyres)
  • Puncture Repairs
  • Wheel Balancing
  • Tracking & Alignment
  • Same-Day Service
  • Fleet Tyre Services
  • Locking Wheel Nut Removal
  • Fit Only (Tyres supplied by you)
  • Budget, Mid-Range & Premium Tyres

We supply tyre services for any of the following vehicle types; 

  • Cars (including 4x4)
  • Light Vans
  • Motorcycles
  • Quad Bikes

In addition to the supply and fitting of tyres we also offer the following vehicle services;

  • Battery Checks & Replacement
  • Vehicle Servicing
  • Brake Repairs & Services
  • Suspension & Steering Repairs
  • Car Air Conditioning Service & Repair

Our tyre services start at just £29.95 including supply, balancing and fitting.

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