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DfT report reveals reduction in tyre-related casualties

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A tyre with legal tread depth should hold a 20p piece securely.

Tyre Safety Month 2016 has kicked off with some positive news from the Department for Transports Reported Road Casualties Great Britain (RRCGB) analysis, which reveals a reduction in casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents on Britains roads.

2015s data shows a 28% decrease in the number of people killed or seriously injured in tyre-related incidents with total casualties falling by 16.2% when compared with 2014 figures.

That equates to a 44% decrease in all casualties caused by tyre-related incidents since the inception of Tyre Safety Months organiser, TyreSafe, in 2006.

While the news has been well-received, TyreSafe is urging drivers not to be complacent and ensure they carry out regular tyre checks. Despite the casualty rates falling there is no evidence that the number of tyre-related incidents, which do not result in fatalities or injury is decreasing, as this data is not captured in the DfTs report.

As revealed earlier this year by TyreSafes survey of tyres at the point of replacement, in partnership with Highways England, there is evidence that the number of illegal tyres on Britains roads this year will remain at 10 million or more. Driving with illegal tyres leaves the driver vulnerable to a £2500 fine and three-point penalty, as well as being more likely to be involved in an accident.

 According to the DfTs figures, the chances of being in a tyre-related incident which results in fatality or serious injury is highest in the South East region, where 16.3% of all incidents were reported, while London was lowest at 3.9%.

TyreSafes annual Tyre Safety Month campaigns takes place every October to coincide with the onset of the worst of the British weather and acts as a focus for the UKs tyre safety awareness charitys year-round activities.

TyreSafe is encouraging motorists to take a photo of themselves while carrying out a tyre check and posting it either to facebook.com/tyresafeuk or use #TyreChecks on Twitter and include the charitys handle @TyreSafe.

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Katie Beck

Katie joined Fleet World in 2012 as an editorial intern, following the completion of an English and American Literature BA from the University of East Anglia. She accepted a full-time position as an editorial assistant at the end of the internship period, and was promoted to the role of features editor in 2014. She works across the magazine and website portfolio, and administrates the social media channels.