The new tyre safety regulation and emergency 24 hours tyre fitting services

Since February 1, 2021 new rules have come to implementation and according to this Construction and Use Regulations tyres that are older over ten years cannot be used on front steer axles of all single wheels fitted to a minibus of 9 to 16 passengers seating capacity, HGVs, coaches and buses. With implementation of this regulation one can say the days of dangerous fail at annual test for the vehicles are over. This legislation is aimed to prevent emergency tyre failure which often leads to massive accidents and losses. Now with the new legislation already in place it is important to ensure your tyres comply with it. How do you do that? It is pretty easy, look for the four digit code printed on the inner tyre wall and it gives you your answer. 

You will find this code after the code that denotes the size of your tyre. The first two digits of the four digit code denotes the number of the week (ranging from 1 to 52, as a year has 52 weeks) while the last two digits denote the year of manufacturing of the tyre. An expert who deals with emergency mobile tyre fitting in London over the years suggests an example here will make things easier to understand. Suppose a four digit code on a tyre wall reads 0322, it means the tyre was manufactured on the third week of January in the year 2022. As far tyre changing or tyre replacement is concerned, remember it is always better to get the necessary replacements done much before the last hour so that you do not have to look for emergency tyre replacement service. If your vehicle undergoes an enforcement check by the motor vehicles authorities and they come across tyres that are older than ten years then they will immediately issue a prohibition notice with an ‘S’ mark.


Retread and trailors

What about retreaded tyres? This is a valid question as tyre retreading is common and a large number of vehicles run on retreaded tyres. For a retreaded tyre the date of manufacturing is counted from the date when retread was carried out. It is relevant mentioning in this context that the date code of a manufacturer must be legible is also a requirement of the law. This is applicable for vehicles like buses, GCVs, minibuses, coaches and trailers that are over 3.5 tons. If the date code is not legible for whatsoever reason, on the front steered axle of coaches, buses and HGVs or singles wheels that are fitted to a minibus, then the vehicle will surely fail the annual test.   

If the failure is discovered at an enforcement check conducted by motor vehicle authorities, there could be two courses of action which are as following. If there is no sign of deterioration of the tyre then they could hold on to the ‘S’ notice and make it delayed. On the other hand if your tyre shows signs of deterioration, then an immediate prohibition notice will be implemented on the tyre. Moreover as the vehicle owner you have to call an emergency mobile tyre fitting service in London or anywhere else for that matter to attend the vehicle. In short things are like to be much complicated in that way.

It is also regarded an offence if the date code on a tyre is not legible on other wheel positions although this is a minor offence. This offence records a minor fail result in an annual test for vehicles. Although this issue will not come in the way of issuance of a pass certificate for the vehicle but it will be expected that the owner will replace the tyre as early as possible. But for this replacement there is no need for accessing any roadside emergency tyre replacement service. 

Tyres over 10 years old on other wheel positions

Even if the law permits it is important to consider the risks involved with using older tyres on regular basis says an expert dealing with emergency tyre fitting London. This responsibility lies with an operator and these professionals have to make sure to put up a proper and efficient tyre management system in place. Even if there is no legal binding in using tyres over 10 years old on other wheel positions of a vehicle it is importantly to have the age of each such tyre is recorded along with a specific risk assessment report. This risk assessment must be done on basis of certain factors like the distance, loading capacity, speed and the overall condition of the vehicle, etc. that the vehicle will be operating under in usual courses.

Older and vintage vehicles

It is important to mention that non commercial vehicles that are 40 years old and above have been exempted from this new regulation. As such the category of vehicles does not need to comply with these newly set rules. However it is vital to have your tyres inspected by a competent person on regular basis. This routine inspection is important for tyres of every age and make and this is expected to be an integral part of your tyre management and vehicle maintenance system.       

So, even if an older tyre looks to be safe, it is important to assess any risk associated with its use and manage or mitigate the same. A long and high speed journey poses different kinds of risks as compared to a short journey at low speed and minimally loaded for any vehicle point out professionals shouldering the responsibility of 24/7 emergency tyre call out service in London.   

When a driver is considered responsible in case of a failure

In order to decide whether a driver is culpable for failure the legibility of the date code is not the only consideration, rather visible deterioration of a tyre is taken into consideration. In easier words the authorities expect every driver checks the condition and the standard of tyres of their vehicle before commencing every journey. When this is strictly followed then a driver cannot be held responsible in case of a tyre failure.  

In case of an accident the authorities will decide whether the concerned driver was negligent or not based on the condition of the other tyres that are not affected explain professionals providing 24 hour mobile tyre service in London. Drivers are expected to identify palpable visible deterioration of tyres including wear and damage during their standard walk around checks. 

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