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One-third of All UK tyres are illegal

A new research by road safety charity TyreSafe has revealed nearly a third of all tyres in the UK are currently illegal.

TyreSafe found that more than 10 million tyres are illegal - either below the 1.6mm minimum depth or defective with bulges and tears.

Bristol was found to be the worst city for tyre safety. TyreSafe's research revealed almost a half of all tyres in Bristol are illegal, far above the UK average of 29.9%.

The north-west of England was found to be the worst regional area - nearly a third of all tyres were illegal. Greater London bucked the trend with just 13.8 per cent.

The data also revealed Northern Ireland has the highest national share of dodgy tyres, on 36.5 per cent. TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said: "Well maintained tyres significantly reduce the risk of being involved in an accident."

Hotspots for illegal tyres revealed

Illegal tyres by city

Bristol

46.20%

Birmingham

42.00%

Manchester

35.40%

Cardiff

31.80%

Cambridge

29.50%

Liverpool

26.00%

Leeds

24.40%

Newcastle-upon- Tyne

21.40%

Edinburgh

20.60%

Greater London

13.80%

Region

Share of illegal tyres

Northern Ireland

36.50%

North West England

31.20%

South West England

29.80%

Wales

29.10%

Scotland

27.40%

South East England

27.30%

Midlands

26.90%

England (total)

26.80%

North East England

25.80%

East England

14.40%

Greater London

13.80%

(Data provided by TyreSafe)

Tyre fines on the up

The number of motorists given penalty points for driving on defective or worn tyres has gone up by 40 per cent since 2013, new research shows.

 


 
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