Road transport operators beware that tyres aged over 10 years are banned in the UK since 1 February 2021

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From 1 February 2021, tyres aged over 10 years on the front steered axles of trucks, buses and coaches along with all single wheels of minibuses (9-16 passengers seats) are banned by the UK authorities.

The new legislation shall be enforced at roadside checks along with vehicle annual tests.

Updated sanctions policy

The enforcement sanctions have been revised  to reflect the new offences, which includes affected tyres over 10 years old and not having a date marking that is clearly legible.

Penalties include:

– £100 fixed penalty

– Endorsable points on the driver’s licence

– A possible prosecution for more than 1 endorsable offence

There is also an update to the categorisation of defects document and annual test inspection manuals for passenger service vehicles and heavy goods vehicles to reflect the changes.