Council investigation reveals unsafe tyre sales in borough

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Pic: wikimeida commons

An investigation by Tower Hamlets council has revealed the sale of unsafe used car tyres at a number of dealerships across the borough.

The council in association with TyreSafe – one of the UK’s leading tyre safety organisations –  carried out a  number of  declared and undeclared visits to dealer’s premises.

They investigated 17 part-worn tyres and found that 11 of the tyres had issues that could reduce safety. Inspections were held to guarantee that merchandise and services to residents are safe.

Six of the tyres that had been repaired did not meet the conditions of the British Standard for tyre repairs and just five tires had a ‘part worn’ marking, which is legally required to disclose for tyres that have had work

The investigation also called into question tyre fitter’s knowledge and their ability to repairs tyres safely.

Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chairman, said: “TyreSafe, as the UK’s tyre safety awareness organisation, is keen to support investigations such as these.”

“These operations help to remove illegal tyres from our roads, educate motorists about the dangers associated with purchasing part-worn tyres and make it absolutely clear to dealers that there is no excuse for selling unsafe tyres.” Jackson said.

You can contact the consumer and business regulations service in reporting sales of dangerous tyres, on 020 7364 5008 or email

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