Lucketts calls for tyre age ban to go further

Lucketts Group has welcomed news that coaches may be banned from having tyres 10 years or older, but calls for the legislation to go further.

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on plans to ban tyres 10 years or older. It follows years of campaigning from Frances Molloy, whose son, Michael, died in a coach crash on the A3 when a 19-year-old tyre blew out.

“News of the consultation is a positive step and we fully support it, however, we feel that any proposed legislation should go a step further and outlaw the fitting or retreading of tyres that are five or more years old, as they do in the US,” says Tony Lawman, managing director, Lucketts. “Coaches clock-up significant mileage in a short amount of time so keeping a close eye on their tyre health is absolutely vital.”

Glenn Sherwood, chairman of Tructyre, which provides tyres for Lucketts’ fleet, adds: “Companies like Lucketts go over and above what’s expected when it comes to safety but sadly that’s not the case for every coach firm. Legislation is needed to ensure consistency across the industry.”

Lawman says: “We’re already operating well within the tolerances of the even tighter US legislation which ensures that ‘no tyre can be fitted on a commercial vehicle or re-treaded that’s five years old plus’.

“We’d like to see the entire industry step up and do the same. The death of Michael Molloy was a tragedy that might have been avoided. We must all work together to raise the bar for safety and compliance.”

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