10-year limit for Lancashire's coach and taxi tyres

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: 10-year limit for Lancashire's coach and taxi tyres 10-year limit for Lancashire's coach and taxi tyres

VEHICLES which provide a service to the public such as coaches and taxis should not be allowed to use tyres that are more than 10 years old, according to Lancashire County Council.

Councillors unanimously supported a notice of motion proposed by County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, at a meeting of the full council.

He said: “I was fortunate enough to meet Frances Molloy, whose son Michael was killed when a 19-year old tyre blew out on the coach he was travelling on to get home from a music festival. When she began to tell me what had happened I suddenly remembered the incident – three people were killed, and it was one of those tragedies that sticks in the mind because the reason it happened was so wrong and easily preventable. Although the tyre was so old, it was not illegal as there is no legislation in the UK which gives an age limit to any tyres on vehicles.”

County Coun Fillis will now write to the minister for transport making recommendations to make sure older tyres are not allowed to be used on vehicles like coaches.

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1:11pm Wed 21 May 14

HairyBowls says...

A brilliant example of a lame effort for a worthy cause. There is absolutely no way this can be enforced as long as used tyres are permitted on vehicles full stop. 3 years is more realistic, and for new tyres only. The taxi trade are notorious for cutting corners and purchasing part worn and remoulds...This legislation can't be enforced against old tyres any more than outlawing punctures would contribute to less flat tyres.
A brilliant example of a lame effort for a worthy cause. There is absolutely no way this can be enforced as long as used tyres are permitted on vehicles full stop. 3 years is more realistic, and for new tyres only. The taxi trade are notorious for cutting corners and purchasing part worn and remoulds...This legislation can't be enforced against old tyres any more than outlawing punctures would contribute to less flat tyres. HairyBowls
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