The penalties for offences related to the use of faulty tyres on vehicles are very severe.
In the case of any vehicles, except goods vehicles and vehicles adapted to carry more than eight passengers, for every offence there is a fine at level 4 of the standard scale with discretionary disqualification and compulsory driving licence endorsement with 3 penalty points.
Level 4 is currently £2500 and each faulty tyre is considered as a separate offence. Two faulty tyres equal £5000.
Offences can relate to:
- Tread Depth - a tyre worn below the legal minimum
- Mixing - an incorrect mixture of radial and cross ply tyres
- Inflation - a tyre not inflated to make it suitable for the purpose to which the motor vehicle or trailer is being put
- Cuts - certain long and deep cuts as specified in regulations
- Lumps, Bulges or Tears - caused by separation or partial failure of the tyre structure
- Exposed Ply or Cord
- Unsuitability - regarding the use to which the motor vehicle or trailer is being put or to the types of tyres fitted to it's other wheels
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