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The Tyre Recovery Association publishes new guidelines to improve part worn tyre safety

With 98% of part worn tyres being sold failing to meet basic regulations, the new protocol is intended to demonstrate to drivers that the part worn tyres they are purchasing have been through a rigorous safety check to ensure they are roadworthy and fit for purpose.

Participating TRA members will work to a detailed list of examination standards by qualified operatives who will be subject to regular technical audit.

Peter Taylor, secretary general of the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA), said: “Tyres are a vehicle’s primary safety feature. Alarmingly only 2% of part worn tyres are sold legally.

“The sale of part worn tyres that do not meet legal requirements is not only a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection Act, but also a serious safety risk to drivers, their passengers and other road users. This new protocol will ensure retailers selling second hand tyres follow industry best practice, which will in turn draw attention to those who do not.”

“It will give consumers the confidence that the retailer is putting tyre safety first.”

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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.