Steve Introduces Tyre Ageing Bill

(July 15, 2014)

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Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram has introduced a Bill to the House of Commons, following the death of Merseyside teenager Michael Molloy.

Steve’s Bill aims to make it an offence to operate a public service vehicle with tyres that are 10 or more years old to improve road safety and ensure traffic commissioners have enforcement powers as well as to make it a requirement of the annual vehicle test that the age of tyres be checked and recorded.

Steve explained that the “purpose was three-fold - to raise awareness of tyre safety on buses and coaches, to promote consumer education on tyre-ageing and improve road safety.

"Whilst there are checks on the conditions of tyres on buses and coaches, many people will probably be shocked to learn that there are no age restrictions at all for tyres used on public service vehicles.

"Whilst a tyre might look in perfectly good condition from an external visual check and its tread might well be within the legal limits, it does not guarantee the condition of the whole thing nor give an accurate representation of the levels of danger that the tyre poses to drivers and passengers.

“According to Department for Transport figures, on average nearly 200 people were injured every week and nearly 90 people killed every month on buses between 2008 and 2012, he said.

Steve concluded, "I suspect people would be extremely sceptical of allowing their children to ride on a school bus with tyres that were probably manufactured before their child was born.

"It is not beyond the realms of possibility that there are tyres more than twice the age of the children they are transporting and that is simply wrong."

The Bill was accepted by MPs at first reading and is scheduled for second reading on Friday 28th November.

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