Road transport operators should be aware of a fundamental change in the way the DVSA is approaching transport operators using using older tyres.
As of 23 November, if the DVSA finds a tyre more than 10 years old as part of its routine heavy vehicle enforcement work, it will carry out follow-up investigations on the vehicle operator. This is according to a news story posted on the government’s website last week.
According to the DVSA, if the operator cannot give an adequate explanation for using an old tyre, or their tyre management systems are not up to standard, DVSA may refer them to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner for potential regulatory action.
“I asked the DVSA to consider this measure as a means to tighten enforcement against the use of older and potentially dangerous tyres,” said Jesse Norman, Roads Minister. “This is an important step forward in our efforts to improve tyre safety. The Department for Transport is continuing to work with experts to collect robust evidence on older tyres. This research will report back in the spring.”
Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles. Tyre safety is vital and DVSA has always taken strong action to protect the public from unsafe tyres of all ages. By changing our approach, we’re sending the message that no one should use tyres more than 10 years old.”
Find out more in the DVSA’s Keeping commercial vehicles safe to drive (roadworthy) guide.