Ten-year-old tyre ban takes effect

New legislation includes some MOT class 4 and 5 vehicles

Ten-year-old tyre ban takes effect
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Tyres aged over ten-years fitted to front-steered axles of goods vehicles with a weight exceeding 3,500kg, buses, coaches and minibuses are now illegal after new legislation came into force this week.

MOT test stations have been warned that the new rule also applies to vehicles with more than eight passenger seats that are not used commercially and are tested in MOT classes 4 or 5.

The DVSA’s Chris Price said: “This means failures for tyres over 10 years old on the front axle of any vehicles with nine or more passenger seats, and any single wheels of a minibus – 9-16 passenger seats.

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“These vehicles will also fail if they do not display a legible date code on in scope tyres.

“So, when testing you will need to check that each tyre displays a date of manufacture or re-treading date on the appropriate vehicle.”

The Department for Transport announced the ban in July 2020 following a consultation and extensive investigations which indicate ageing tyres suffer corrosion which could cause them to fail.

The DVSA has updated the MOT inspection manual, setting out the detail of what testers will need to look for.

Related: Man caught red-handed dumping tyres fined £400

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    Tyres aged over ten-years fitted to front-steered axles of goods vehicles with a weight exceeding 3,500kg, buses, coaches and minibuses are now illega
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    Steve Murphy
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    Does this new 10year tyre law apply to motorhome motorhomes ?

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    peter waltham
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    if tyres aged over 10yrs old are prone to delamination because of corrosion ,how can the age of a remould be determined when all markings are buffed off and you only have the word of the remoulder as to thje age of the tyre , or are remoulds banned from the steer axle as well

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    Hugh Hofton
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    I have said for 30 years we are a dumping ground for runner tyres in the uk.
    With no quality checks on tyres for cars and vans it is obvious to any sensible person that you have no control of the integrity of these tyres and many Taxi drivers use them,
    Its all about money not safety.

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    Helen Rawlinson
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    Agree with the 10 year rule would support it for cars, but think it should be on the tyre company’s to have use by date so it’s obvious to read for everyone ( not some code that people don’t understand ), thanks

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