ERJ staff report (RD)
London -- TyreSafe, the UK's leading tyre safety organisation, has announced that garages, tyre retailers, fleets and other interested organisations can now register to receive free point of sale materials for October's tyre safety month by visiting the TyreSafe website (www.tyresafe.org).
â€œLast year we introduced the 20p test which gives drivers a really quick and simple way to check if their tyre tread is safe and legal,â€Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe, said in a 16 Aug statement. â€œWe received fantastic feedback from the campaign so this year we have developed it further to specifically target families where many still do not realise just how simple and important tread depth checks are,â€ he added.
By inserting a 20p coin into the main grooves of a tyre, drivers have a good indication of whether they have sufficient and legal tread depth, the statement said. If the outer rim of the coin is visible when placed into the main tread grooves, the tyres may be illegal and should be checked by a qualified professional.
Current UK law requires drivers to have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its whole circumference. Drivers failing to meet these requirements face fines of up to Â£2 500 (Euro 3041) and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
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Press release from TyreSafe