Trading standards is investigating after complaints about two Notts garages selling part-worn tyres in poor condition.
Experts inspected six tyres from the premises which were on sale for £25 each and found a host of problems, including an illegal puncture repair, a remould tyre dating from 1988, two tyres below the legal tread limit for tyres on sale, structural damage caused by one being driven whilst previously flat, and failure to stamp tyres as ‘part worn’ as required by UK law.
Part worn tyres can be sold with a minimum 2mm remaining tread, which is only slightly more than the legal minimum of 1.6mm.
Brand new budget tyres with a minimum tread of 8mm of tread are available locally for around £50 each.
Motorists buying part-worn tyres are advised to check for signs of age and wear, ask the seller what the remaining tread is and whether the tyre has been balanced before buying.
Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, who chairs the council’s community safety committee, said: “As winter sets in motorists need to have plenty of tread on their tyres to cope safely with the inevitable snowy and icy conditions. It’s a false economy to pay £25 for a part-worn tyre which has little tread left when you can buy a new tyre for as little as £50.”
Report part worn-tyre problems to Citizen’s Advice on 08454 04 05 06.