Motorists have been warned against driving with illegal tyres on their vehicle.
Those driving with illegal tyres face a £2,500 fine and three penalty points on their licence for each illegal tyre on their vehicle, ATS Euromaster said. Motorists will end up paying highercar insurance premiums if penalty points are added to their licence.
During October's Tyre Safety Month, free tyre safety checks will be offered at any of ATS Euromaster's 370 centres throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
As many as 860 crashes that occurred in 2009 were attributed to defective or under-inflated tyres. Among these, there were 17 fatal crashes and 165 serious ones.
"If you drive a car or van then you must inspect the overall condition of your tyres, the tread depths and pressures at least once a month and before any long journey. If in any doubt, you can visit one of our centres and we'll do it for free," said Chris Hufflett, senior ATS Euromaster official.
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