The DfT has announced plans to ban tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches, and all wheels of minibuses, in England, Scotland and Wales.
Having worked alongside the Tyred Campaign on this issue, National Express fully supports banning old tyres. However, we believe the legislation should go further to include a ban on fitting tyres over 10 years old in twin configuration, which is currently excluded from the proposals.
The safety of our customers, employees and the public is our number one priority. We recognise what a huge responsibility it is to carry people around the country day in, day out. This means we only do what is safe, and we stop any unsafe behaviour.
Tyre safety is a critical part of this. Our vehicles’ tyres are already never more than 8 years old and we regularly carry out stringent safety checks of the condition of our tyres.
As well as our own business, we want the bus and coach industry as a whole to meet rigorous safety standards.
Banning tyres over 10 years old will significantly improve the safety standards of passenger carrying operators and reduce the risk of serious tyre-related accidents. We therefore encourage Parliament to pass this important legislation at the earliest opportunity.