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10-year-old tyre ban comes into force in Britain

Legislation that sees tyres aged 10-years or more banned from being fitted to front-steered axles of goods vehicles with a weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes, buses, coaches and minibuses in Britain has this week come into force.

The ban covers England, Scotland and Wales, with seperate legislation measures needed for Northern Ireland.

The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in NI said it wishes to ensure legislative alignment on this important safety matter and plans to consult on this separately, in due course.

MOT centres have been warned that the new rule also applies to vehicles with more than eight passenger seats that are not used commercially and are tested in MOT classes 4 or 5.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has now updated the MOT inspection manual, setting out the detail of what testers will need to look for.

Chris Price of the DVSA said: “This means failures for tyres over 10 years old on the front axle of any vehicles with nine or more passenger seats, and any single wheels of a minibus – 9-16 passenger seats.

“These vehicles will also fail if they do not display a legible date code on in scope tyres.

“So, when testing you will need to check that each tyre displays a date of manufacture or re-treading date on the appropriate vehicle.”