New guidance but no new tyre age legislation

The Department for Transport now strongly recommends that tyres over 10 years old should not be fitted to front steered axles of public service vehicles, but says they can be fitted to the rear axles of vehicles as part of a twin tyre combination. The advice falls short of the call for a legal limit by some campaigners.

The guidance is in response to the report from coroner Richard Travers, following the fatal coach crash on the A3 in September 2012 and is included in a document entitled “Guidance on the use of older tyres on buses and coaches” recently published by VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency). The full document is available from the VOSA web site.

 

 


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