Monday, 22 September 2008 12:00 AM
Motorists are apparently delaying the replacement of worn and defective tyres because of the continuing credit crunch, it was announced today.
Research conducted by Protyre, an indepedent tyre dealer network, has demonstrated that more than 75 per cent of motorists have at least one defective or badly worn tyre.
This figure is up significantly compared to last year, with drivers of family cars being the most culpable.
Those driving with defective tyres run the risk of a fine up to £2,500, plus three penalty points on their licence per tyre.
Adrian Walsh, director of RoadSage, a partnership of leading industry bodies, government and road safety professionals, commented: "This research is worrying. Clearly drivers are delaying the replacement of worn tyres which is a false economy and will place drivers at greater risk of having an accident".