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‘Safe Tyre’ Law

Wirral council is to become the first on Merseyside to set new rules for transport contractors to guarantee no coach or bus has tyres more than 10 years old.

Figures indicate that tyres are the single largest contributing factor when casualties arise from vehicle accidents and in 2015 there were over 38,000 tyre related call outs on our motorways and roads.
In 2012, a fatal motorway accident in which a 19-year-old tyre blew out, led to three deaths. An inquest found the accident was caused by a worn-out tyre, with subsequent evidence suggesting tyres over the age of 10 years can lead to unnecessary deaths on the road.

The Mother of one of the victims has been petitioning for a ‘Safe Tyre’ law to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. The e-petition says: “Old tyres kill. We call on the government to act now and ban the use of dangerously old tyres on passenger service vehicles (PSVs). Guidelines are the lowest form of intervention, we need legislation to stop negligent operators and save lives.”
The online petition received over 10,000 e-signatures, forcing the government to respond.

MP Maria Eagle presented the Bill in Parliament but received immediate objections from the Conservative party.

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