Last reviewed 24 July 2020
Following a public consultation, and research carried out for the Department for Transport (DfT), the Government has decided that tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned from heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on roads in England, Scotland and Wales.
DfT said that its investigation had shown that ageing tyres suffer corrosion which could cause them to fail (see assets.publishing.service.gov.uk).
Once legislation is put before Parliament in the autumn, it will be illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front axles of HGVs.
The new Regulations will also apply to re-treaded tyres with the date of re-treading to be marked, making the age of the tyre clearly visible.
Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “In the same way that you wouldn’t drive a car with faulty brakes, ensuring your tyres are fit for purpose is crucial in making every journey safer. Taking this step will give drivers across the country confidence their lorries, buses and coaches are truly fit for use – a safety boost for road users everywhere.”
Drivers, owners and operators are responsible for the safety of their vehicles, she went on. This will also now include ensuring vehicle tyres meet the new requirements.
The Government will also be asking the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to continue checking tyre age as part of their routine roadside enforcement activities and will add an additional assessment to the annual MOT test.
The DfT said that it had decided to use 10 years since it is the age used in existing roadworthiness guidance, which was included as a reasonable limit and discussed with industry stakeholders in 2013, following a first fatal collision involving older tyres.
In addition, major tyre manufacturers such as Michelin recommend changing tyres which have not been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, even if “they appear to be in usable condition and have not worn down to the tread wear indicator.”