Firms facing a safety check on their tyres

Local firms which sell part-worn tyres will this month undergo checks to make sure safety standards are up to scratch.

During March, North Lanarkshire Council’s Trading Standards Service is carrying out the tests on local companies to see that they comply with the Motor Vehicles Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994.

A recent survey by TyreSafe, a non-for-profit organisation, found that up to 98 per centof part-worn tyres had potentially dangerous damage or did not comply with this legislation.

Environmental services commiteev convener Councillor Helen McKenna said: “Tyres are an expensive part of looking after our cars, and in this economic climate, more and more drivers are buying part-worn tyres to save on costs.

“So it’s important that consumers have confidence that when they buy these tyres, they are roadworthy and safe.”

She added: “Our Trading Standards Officers will be visiting businesses across North Lanarkshire to check compliance and enforcement action will be taken against anyone selling tyres that fail the safety standards.”

“Drivers considering buying part-worn tyres should buy them from a reputable company and check them carefully for any damage. “The words ‘PART-WORN’ must be clearly marked on tyres and the EC approval mark ‘e11’ should be visible.” For more information, go to

If anyone has concerns about the standard of part-worn tyres they have bought, they’re advised to contact Cumbernauld’s Trading Standards office.