London – Bridgestone has renewed its opposition to UK plans to extend the deadline for the annual MOT roadworthiness tests for new cars and motorcycles to four years from the current three years.
In a 25 Jan statement, the Japanese tire-maker’s UK office warned that the government’s new scheme could have “disastrous consequences”.
UK lawmakers are currently consulting industry about the idea that, it is claimed, could save motorists ‘more than £100 million (€117 million) per year.’
“The 12 months will result in more cars running on illegal tires below the 1.6mm tread depth limit,” said Bridgestone’s managing director Robin Shaw.
Bridgestone, he added, will “continue to oppose these proposals, as we believe they will lead to an increase in the number of unsafe and illegal vehicles on our roads.”
Putting the cost of tire-related road casualties in the past five years at £435.6 million, Shaw argued that the figure would rise as motorists will not check safety of tires soon enough.