As part of October’s National Tyre Safety Month Trading Standards Officers from across the Yorkshire and Humber region are issuing a warning to consumers who may be thinking of buying part worn tyres for their cars.
Part worn tyres are second hand tyres and they are required to meet strict safety standards prior to resale to ensure that they are safe for use on the roads.
Over the past year Trading Standards in the Yorkshire and Humber region have conducted a number of operations targeting businesses who sell part worn tyres. Tyres were examined for defects and compliance checks were made.
97% of tyres tested by Trading Standards had some form of defect or non-compliance and 45% were deemed not fit for use as they were unsafe. Some of the issues that were detected:
As part of their campaign Trading Standards want to remind consumers of their rights and what to look out for when buying part worn tyres. Additionally trading standards want to remind traders that they need to be aware of their legal responsibilities to stay on the right side of the law. Trading Standards across Yorkshire and Humber are issuing guidance to businesses and further checks will be carried out.
When buying second hand goods through a retailer you have the same rights as when purchasing the goods as new. This means that the item must be of satisfactory quality, it must be fit for purpose and it must meet the expectations of the consumer, bearing in mind of course that reasonable wear and tear might be expected. In the case of part worn tyres there are strict laws in place which mean that at the very least they must be safe to use.
More guidance on tyre safety can be found at https: //www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/part-worn-tyres/
A recent case was brought by North Yorkshire Trading Standards following the investigation of tyres that were being sold online. Two part worn tyres were found to have unsafe repairs and did not have the part worn markings as required. The trader pleaded guilty and was fined £3500 plus £142.75 costs and a £170 victim surcharge.
East Riding of Yorkshire Trading Standards also undertook an investigation surrounding the sale of unsafe part worn tyres and the trader was fined £5000 plus £1505.44 costs and a £170 victim surcharge.
David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards said “Our findings suggest that some sectors of the trade have developed bad practices which could be putting consumers at risk. Equally traders need to take their responsibilities seriously, recent examples have shown that the courts take a hard line on those who are shown to be flouting the law.”
Councillor Pauleen Grahame, Chair of the West Yorkshire Joint Services Governance and Audit Sub-Committee which oversees the work of Trading Standards said “The findings of Trading Standards should act as a stark reminder to anyone who is thinking about purchasing second-hand tyres. Consumers may feel that they can get a bargain by purchasing second hand or others may have no choice, irrespective they have the right to demand that the products they buy are safe and legal.”