One in Five Motorists Driving on Dangerous Tyres

One in five motorists driving on dangerous tyres risking huge fines and a driving ban

OVER one million UK drivers could be risking landing huge fines in the UK for having bald tyres.

New research has revealed that UK drivers are taking risks with their car tyres which could land them in trouble.

According to new research, more than one in five (21 per cent) – equivalent to around eight million – motorists are driving on dangerous tyres.

The investigation by involved spot checks of more than 1,000 vehicles in 10 cities around the country.

At least one tyre on a fifth of the cars surveyed had one tyre with tread below 3mm, which is the level when manufacturers would recommend you change your tyres.

However, a total of three per cent of cars – equivalent of 1.4 million motorists – had one tyre which was below the legal limit of 1.6mm.

Drivers can be fined £2,500 for every illegal tyre and also land three penalty points.

Motorists only need to accrue 12 penalty points to receive a driving ban and motorists the have only been on the road for two years or less only need to receive six to be banned.

It also significantly increases the chances of people having accidents.

Worryingly, research showed that three fifths (61 per cent) of motorists don’t know what the minimum legal tread depth is, and more than half (55 per cent) don’t know how to check their tyres, to avoid landing themselves in this situation.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at, says: “It’s worrying to find so many people are driving with baldies.

“Even though our safety film is tongue-in-cheek, our research shows there is a serious lack of awareness among some motorists.

“Tyre tread ignorance could land offenders with fines of up to £2,500 per tyre, invalidate their insurance or lead to an accident.

“By conducting a few simple checks each month, such as the 20p test, drivers can keep themselves and other motorists safe.

“Driving has become expensive enough as it is, and avoiding unwanted fines should be incentive enough to comply with road safety regulations.

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