New tyre law hitting in February will make vehicles illegal and result in huge fines

Large vehicles with older tyres could be dubbed illegal and fined large sums under a law coming to affect today. The front tyres on these vehicles must not be older than 10 years.

Tyre law changes coming to effect in February means tyres older than 10 years will be banned from certain vehicles.

The Government has announced that tyres older than 10 years are banned from the front axles of lorries, buses and coaches.

In force from today, it is illegal to fix tyres older than 10 years old to front axels of good vehicles with a gross weight over 3,500kg.

The full range of vehicles this affects includes minibuses, coaches, lorries and buses.

The decision, the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations, was announced on July 15, 2020.

It comes as it was revealed tyre failures were up by three percent in 2020.

What is more, up to 8.5 million motorists could be driving with illegal tyres.

Not only does this cause road safety issues, but it could also land drivers with a fine of up to £2,500.

The data, from Evans Halshaw, found many illegal tyres were on the road across the UK.

Michael Hunt, Group Head of Aftersales at Evans Halshaw said: “Our study has demonstrated just how common illegal tyres are in the UK.

“Revealing that one in four drivers are potentially on the roads with a safety-critical tyre each day.”

Unfit tyres can causes crashes, which of course can be fatal, so it is vital to make sure yours a fit for purpose.

Fitting a tyre

                                 © GETTY Fitting a tyre

This car change is one of a number of car laws coming into effect this year.

Millions of road users will be affected by the new laws, one of the most important of which is the end of the MOT extension.

During the first lockdown there was a six-month extension for MOTs schedule between 31 March and 31 July.

It is essential to have an MOT or risk being fined £1,000.

a close up of a sign: Most popular reasons to fail an MOT

                                 © EXPRESS.CO.UK Most popular reasons to fail an MOT

A loophole which previously allowed drivers to take photos and video being the wheel as finally been closed.

Hold a phone for any reason while operating a car will be punished with a £200 fine and six penalty points.

Additionally, a last-minute decision between the UK and EU means British drivers do not need an International Driving Permit in most cases when travelling abroad, some documents are still needed.

The biggest change is the need for a car insurance green card which is proof you have a valid policy in place.


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