Last reviewed 4 February 2021
On 1 February 2021, a change in legislation came into force which means that tyres aged over 10 years are banned on the front steered axles of lorries, buses and coaches together with all single wheels of minibuses (with between nine and 16 passenger seats).
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is enforcing the new legislation at roadside checks as well as when it carries out annual vehicle tests.
The Agency has revised its enforcement sanctions policy to reflect the new offences, which include using tyres over 10 years old and not having a date marking that is clearly legible.
If a tyre is a retread, then the manufacturer date is taken from when the retread was carried out.
Penalties now include a £100 fixed penalty, endorsable points on the driver’s licence and a possible prosecution for more than one endorsable offence.
If inspected at a DVSA enforcement check, tyres aged over 10 years old found in use in the now banned positions will be considered dangerous and attract an ‘S’ marked immediate prohibition notice.
The Agency has made it clear that. even where tyres more than 10 years old are legally used (on other wheel positions), their age should be recorded and a specific risk assessment completed that considers the distance, speed and loading conditions that the vehicle will operate under (for example, operating only in urban areas). The change in legislation has been reflected in DVSA’s revised Guide to maintaining roadworthiness: Commercial goods and passenger carrying vehicles.