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Tyre-related incidents cost economy £83.2m a year

So says TyreSafe as it publishes figures showing that tyre-related incidents result in thousands of casualties and cost the economy tens of millions of pounds a year.

The organisation’s data shows that the total number of casualties resulting from tyre-related incidents over the last five reported years is 5,677 of which 989 people were killed or seriously injured, annually averaging 1135 and 198 respectively.

Where casualties arise from an accident caused by a vehicle defect, tyres are the single largest contributory factor over the last five reported years, accounting for 36% of the total.

The research also found that the estimated cost of tyre-related incidents to the economy over the last five reported years is £416m, averaging £83.2m annually.

“What we’re urging motorists to do is carry out tyre safety checks on a monthly basis which will substantially reduce their risk of becoming involved in a tyre-related incident on the roads,” said Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman. “Vehicles have become progressively more reliable over the years so fewer of us need to carry out the weekly maintenance we once did on components like oil and water, but tyres are still in direct contact with the road and all the potential physical objects on them. Even new tyres lose pressure over time and can become damaged by potholes or kerbing.

“TyreSafe.org has a wealth of advice on how to carry out these routine tyre checks but if they are still unconfident, or unable to do so themselves, they should visit their local TyreSafe retailer who will be able to help.”

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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.