The first phase of its tyre survey produced “startling results”, says TyreSafe, and therefore the organisation is asking all replacement tyre points of sale to support an even larger and more comprehensive second round. Once again, TyreSafe will carry out the survey in partnership with Highways England, and the aim of this second round is to build on the already sizable first round sample in order to offer greater insight into the condition of the nation’s tyres. Data collation will begin on 1 October and the results will provide intelligence-led information to inform future tyre safety policy.
Owing to the fact that TyreSafe now has over 100 active members (many of which are large and/or influential businesses in their respective areas), the organisation is better placed than ever to effect change and there certainly seems to have been progress towards the association’s goal of changing hearts and minds in relation to tyres. As Stuart Jackson said during his presentation at the recent TyreSafe annual briefing, “let’s not talk about it being a commodity, it is a safety critical product”.
Yesterday, 9 July 2015, TyreSafe held its annual industry briefing at the National Motorcycle Museum near Solihull. During the event TyreSafe announced the fun, shall we say “suggestive” theme for this year’s Tyre Safety Month and presented case studies of previous Tyre Safety Month activities alongside an update from Highways England’s Stuart Lovatt. However, as interesting as this was, the results of TyreSafe’s most recent tread depth survey, showing that there are potentially up to 10 million illegal and dangerous tyres on Britain’s roads – around 27 per cent of the whole market – really stood out.