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New tyre law hitting in February will make vehicles illegal and result in huge fines


Large vehicles with older tyres could be dubbed illegal and fined large sums under a law coming to affect today. The front tyres on these vehicles must not be older than 10 years.

Tyre law changes coming to effect in February means tyres older than 10 years will be banned from certain vehicles.

The Government has announced that tyres older than 10 years are banned from the front axles of lorries, buses and coaches.

In force from today, it is illegal to fix tyres older than 10 years old to front axels of good vehicles with a gross weight over 3,500kg.

The full range of vehicles this affects includes minibuses, coaches, lorries and buses.

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The data, from Evans Halshaw, found many illegal tyres were on the road across the UK.

Michael Hunt, Group Head of Aftersales at Evans Halshaw said: “Our study has demonstrated just how common illegal tyres are in the UK.

“Revealing that one in four drivers are potentially on the roads with a safety-critical tyre each day.”

Unfit tyres can causes crashes, which of course can be fatal, so it is vital to make sure yours a fit for purpose.

A loophole which previously allowed drivers to take photos and video being the wheel as finally been closed.

Hold a phone for any reason while operating a car will be punished with a £200 fine and six penalty points.

Additionally, a last-minute decision between the UK and EU means British drivers do not need an International Driving Permit in most cases when travelling abroad, some documents are still needed.

The biggest change is the need for a car insurance green card which is proof you have a valid policy in place.


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