Dated: 20 September 2010
Prosecution of Illegal Tyre Owners on the Rise
Recently, Stoke-on-Trent MP Tristram Hunt asked the Secretary of State for Justice, via theyworkforyou.com, “how many convictions relating to motor vehicle tyre condition there have been in each of the last 10 years.”
As way of a response, Crispin Blunt, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Prisons and Probation), Justice, produced the number of defendants found guilty at all courts for the offence defective tyres, England and Wales 1999 to 2008. When comparing the statistics year on year between 2007 and 2008, the number of prosecutions has risen by 14%, with more than 4,300 convictions.
This news was first brought to our attention on the TyreSafe website, where chairman Stuart Jackson, was quoted as saying, “Many drivers have the misconception that the police are too busy or too stretched to stop and prosecute them for driving on illegal tyres. These latest figures show this is clearly not the case and that the court system still considers driving on illegal tyres a very serious offence.”
“We fully support the police’s efforts in clamping down on this dangerous behavior and would encourage all drivers to take a few minutes every month to check their tyre’s tread depth, pressure and general condition. Not only could the checks save you from a court prosecution, it could help save your life.”