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Central Motorways Police Group implements tread depth gauges to assist with tyre safety policy

The Central Motorways Police Group (CMPG) is responsible for over 400 miles of Britain’s busiest motorway network, reaching from the Welsh borders through to Cheshire and across to the East of Birmingham, and comprises specially trained officers from the West Midlands, West Mercia and Staffordshire police forces.

Superintendent Paul Keasey said: “One of the primary roles of the CMPG’s is to assist in the reduction of killed and seriously injured casualties across our network. Identifying vehicle defects which have the potential to cause accidents and injuries is a significant part of that, and any support which increases drivers’ willingness to take responsibility for their vehicle’s roadworthiness is welcomed. Motorists should consider that they have the option to take responsibility for tyre safety, and it is better for all concerned that they do so rather than one of the CMPG officers who take a dim view of negligence.”

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, added: “TyreSafe is proud to draw on the direct support of many of the bluelight services across Britain, including the Chief Fire Officers Association and many of the police services. These dedicated professionals all too often have the regrettable task of dealing with the consequences of drivers’ not properly maintaining their tyres, sometimes under the worst possible circumstances. However, they also play a key role in spreading awareness of tyre safety in their routine engagement with Britain’s motorists and it is in this capacity that TyreSafe is only too pleased to offer its support in assisting with their preventative and educational advice.

“We hope this presentation of tread depth gauges to the CMPG will enhance the group’s ability to reduce the number of tyre-related incidents across its network.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.