Truck tyres needing to be retired.
The DVSA has begun to target trucks with ageing tyres. Their “Guide to maintaining roadworthiness” has been updated specifically aimed at limiting the use of older tyres on HGVs.
Under their updated guidance, if the DVSA finds a tyre older than 10 years on a vehicle as part of their normal work, they will initiate investigations into the vehicle operator.
Jesse Norman, Roads Minister stated:
“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.”
The DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn commented:
“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,”
The guide update is a direct result from a study into the safety of ageing tyres, undertaken by the Department of Transport completed earlier in the year.
Phil Lloyd, head of engineering and vehicles standards policy at the FTA, said:
“Tyre condition is of critical importance to the safety of the vehicle’s driver, their passengers and to others road users.
Although commercial drivers are responsible for ensuring they check the general condition of their tyres daily, a more in-depth inspection should be undertaken by vehicle engineers or tyre inspectors.
FTA advises all drivers to request an age evaluation as part of their vehicle check. Older tyres may look sound at first glance, but on closer inspection, a small crack or perishing of the rubber compound may be evident – the effects of which may compromise both the safety of the tyre and the vehicle,”
Paul Allegra, Technical Director with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) added:
“Old tyres can let you down in more ways than you think. At first glance the tyres may look ok and pose no risk. But remember, the older the tyre the greater the risk of sidewall failures and tread separation occurring, placing you, your employees and others at risk.”
The revision of the DVSA’s guide has also been updated to help drivers ensure they record the height of their vehicle during their daily walk around checks. This in turn should hopefully reduce the number of bridge strikes, as drivers are reminded daily of their own vehicle’s height.
Follow the link to read the full Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness document.