Tyre Penalties

Posted on November 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

As a driver (and/or owner) of a vehicle you need to be sure to check your tyres regularly for wear and tear. What you might not realise is that you could be fined, whether you were the driver at the time or just the owner. Both (if separate persons) could be found liable for the car being driven with a defective tyre.

The maximum fine that could be imposed upon you is £2,500 and three penalty points (£5,000 if it’s a goods vehicle or a vehicle carrying more than eight passengers). If you are found to have more than one defective tyre you are at risk of being summonsed for each and every tyre which is considered to be illegal! Disqualification can also be considered by the court!

When a tyre is fitted to a motor vehicle (this includes trailers) the owner and driver must ensure it is “fit for purpose”. You may get let of lightly and be given a Fixed Penalty Notice by a police officer instead of being reported for prosecution, but this is at the Officer’s discretion. It simply is not worth the risk.

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