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Government announces heavy vehicle old tyre ban

25 Jul 2020

Last week, the government announced a ban on older tyres being fitted on lorries, buses and coaches.

The ban will make it illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches, and all wheels of minibuses. The measures will also apply to re-treaded tyres – with the date of re-treading to be marked – making the age of the tyre clearly visible.

The Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain welcome this move. They would urge all operators to review their tyre management systems before the ban comes into force in the autumn.

Operators should also look out for further information on tyre marking and an update to the categorisation of defects (further guidance) in due course.

Read the government's announcement about banning older tyres:

Further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-bans-old-coach-bus-and-lorry-tyres-from-roads-in-new-measures-to-improve-road-safety