Defective tyre convictions rise

The number of motorists convicted of driving on defective tyres rose by nearly 1,000 year-on-year to 10,475 in 2010, the highest level for four years, new figures released by the Home Office have shown.

Motorists are legally required to ensure that their tyres have 1.6mm or more of tread across three-quarters of their width, as well as all the way around the circumference.

The latest figures suggest that motorists, who are already facing soaring car insurance costs, try to drive on their current tyres for as long as possible in a bid to reduce their spending.

Drivers who break the law not only risk a fine of up to £2,500 per tyre and three points per tyre on their licence, but also put themselves as well as other road users at risk.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: "These latest figures are very worrying indeed and show that the courts take a very dim view of people driving on defective tyres."

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