often have you read an editorial in a newspaper telling you something
is bad for you? That by continuing a particular behaviour or eating
specific foods you’re putting yourself in danger. Oh dear, you
think I’ll stop doing that. Then, soon after, another piece comes
along that says the exact opposite leaving you wondering what’s
correct, or otherwise.
the modern age, the notion of concrete facts seems to be breaking
down. And it’s not limited to the significant issues of the day.
You might have read some of our comments on the up-and-coming 10-year-old tyre ban and the reasons for this new old tyre law.
all sounds perfectly sensible, but now it seems the Road Haulage
Association (RHA) have taken a different view.
A Rubber To The Assumptions
not to say that the RHA has a problem with the idea of tyre safety
and the needs for a new old tyre law. This influential organisation
sees the proposed legislation as something of a curate’s egg. The
RHA supports an
old tyre ban for HGV
steered axles, but not necessarily a move to ban tyres over ten years
old on all trucks and trailers.
RHA questions the reasons used to support a 10-year-old tyre ban and describes some of the evidence to be
“questionable”. For example, the consultation
Tyres Aged Ten Years or Older
did not consider the maintenance and conditions of the tyres that
caused the fatal accidents that prompted the development of the
The RHA also
makes a fair point concerning non-UK lorries and trailers when
delivered to the UK. How can UK hauliers know that when they collect
foreign trailers from ports, they’ll have complaint tyres? It
would be time-consuming to check and could cause delays if drivers
find that their assigned trailers would make them subject to
prosecutions related to a 10-year-old tyre ban.
conclusions offer an element of nuance on the idea of a blanket ban
on old tyres and the related compliance requirements. For example,
the RHA questions the proposed prohibition on fitting retreaded tyres
of any age on HGV steered axles. They make the reasonable point that
retreaded tyres supplied in the UK are required by law to meet the
same standards as if provided as new. Indeed the DfT’s consultation
document acknowledges the lack of evidence that retreaded old tyres
made to existing UK safety standards are any less safe than first
RHA’s central theme is the legislation fails to take into account
the notion of tyre care and the impact that proper maintenance can
have on the long term safety of old tyres. They state:
the consultation and the impact assessment, the most serious problem
relating to tyre use has been ignored –namely the condition of the
tyre and how it is looked after and maintained.”
Sense Is Key
team here at Truckcraft are interested in all aspects of vehicle
safety. We build our vehicles to be both safe and user-friendly, and
we’re always happy to offer advice on how to keep our vans and
trucks in tip-top condition. The best guidance we can offer is that
our clients properly maintain their vehicles, including the tyres, so
they give excellent service and, most importantly, remain compliant
with any new old tyre laws.
For more information on our range of delivery trucks and vans, please contact the Truckcraft Bodies sales team on 0161 304 9404. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Published: Oct 07