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Dated: 06 December 2010

Government Release Inaccurate Statement on Winter Tyres


Last Friday, TyreSafe – the UK’s leading tyre safety organisation – reported on the fact that in the House of Commons a statement was made by the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP (the Secretary of State for Transport) which inaccurately claimed winter tyres were not appropriate for use in the UK.

Like TyreSafe, we here at Blackcircles.com are concerned over what seems to be quite a lack of understanding by the Government on the important issue of winter tyres.

Stuart Jackson Chairman of TyreSafe explained on his website that “Mr Hammond's comments show a complete lack of understanding about modern winter tyres which are the ideal solution to the type of weather we are currently experiencing."

"Studless winter tyres are designed to provide much better grip over the entire winter period, not just for when people are driving for long periods on compacted snow as he implied. They do not damage road surfaces in any way and are wholly appropriate for the UK situation."

What seems to be the problem here is that Mr Hammond seems to be thinking about winter tyres as they were years ago before advancement in technology and understanding has helped to make the modern day winter tyre. More information on this can be found on our winter tyre technology section of the Blackcircles.com website.

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