The Department for Transport has announced on 15 July that tyres aged 10 years or older will be banned on the front axles of lorries, buses and coaches using new laws.
DVSA already checks for tyres over 10 years old during roadside enforcement stops. This change in the law will allow them to issue stronger penalties if found at roadside enforcement checks.
This change also means the issue can be covered by the annual test (MOT) in the future.
The ban follows an extensive investigation, including research commissioned by the Department for Transport, which indicates ageing tyres suffer corrosion which could cause them to fail.
The move will make it illegal to fit tyres aged 10 years or older to the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches, and all wheels of minibuses.
The secondary legislation will be laid in the autumn and will also apply to re-treaded tyres – with the date of re-treading to be marked – making the age of the tyre clearly visible.