Motorists urged to 'get a grip' on Tyre Safety Day

Gardaí will be mounting roadside checks, checking tyres on vehicles in conjunction with Road Safety Authority Vehicle Inspectors throughout the day. 
Motorists urged to 'get a grip' on Tyre Safety Day

Gardai and RSA vehicle inspectors checkingtyres on vehicles. Members of the Garda Roads Policing Units will be mounting roadside checks across the country on Tyre Safety Day, today, in conjunction with Road Safety Authority Vehicle Inspectors checking tyres on vehicles.Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

FREE tyre safety checks are being offered to motorists today to mark Tyre Safety Day.

The Road Safety Authority, gardaí and the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) have come together for the safety initiative with free tyre safety checks are being offered at ITIA dealers.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Ms. Hildegarde Naughton said, “It is important that drivers take action to ensure the tyres on their vehicles are fit for purpose. This is especially important as the winter months approach, and we face into poor weather conditions. For example, driving in wet or icy conditions can lead to loss of grip and increased risk of skidding, especially when driving on defective tyres. Motorists should keep tyre pressure at the manufacturer's recommended level and not let them get worn below the legal tread depth of 1.6mm for cars and 1mm for motorcycles.” 

Checking tyre condition

Sam Waide, Chief Executive of the RSA, said: “Based on our analysis of garda forensic road collision reports we estimate that defective tyres could be a contributory factor in as many one in ten fatal crashes annually, resulting in approximately 14 deaths each year. We are calling on motorists to ‘get a grip’ when it comes to tyre safety, don’t wait for your NCT to check if your tyres are roadworthy. Conduct a regular walk-around of your car and check your tyres. Check the tread depth, look for cuts, cracks, or bulges. Take your car to the local forecourt or ITIA dealer and check the pressure. If your vehicle’s tyres show signs of deterioration, you should have them replaced immediately.” 

'Defective tyres pose a serious risk'

Chief Superintendent Mick Hennebry, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau said: “Defective tyres pose a serious risk to all road users.

"Gardaí regularly deal with collisions in which people are killed or suffer serious life-changing injuries. Some of these collisions involve people driving with defective tyres. Such collisions can be avoided if you ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and you drive at a safe speed. Ensuring you have appropriate tyres on your car will make the roads safer for all road users.” 

He said gardaí will be mounting roadside checks, checking tyres on vehicles in conjunction with Road Safety Authority Vehicle Inspectors throughout Wednesday.

He added: “If you are found to be driving a vehicle with defective tyres you could risk up to 4 penalty points if convicted and a fixed penalty of up to €120.”

Sue O’Neill, CEO, Irish Tyre Industry Association, said: “During Irish Road Safety Week our members are offering free tyre checks so don’t wait until your NCT comes around to check the roadworthiness of your tyres, do it today. To find your nearest ITIA registered dealer nationwide, visit www.itia.ie.”

 

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