The European Rubber Journal (ERJ) recently reported about the UK government announcement to ban tires aged 10 years and older from lorries, buses and coaches on roads in England, Scotland and Wales, in an effort to improve road safety.

According to ERJ, the ban follows research commissioned by the country’s department for transport, showing that ageing tires can fail as a result of corrosion. The legislation is expected to be to be presented in autumn 2020; it will apply to tires for the front wheels of lorries, buses and coaches, and all wheels of minibuses.

What is important to tire recycling and retreading industry, retreaded tires will be partly affected by the regulation, too.

In addition, ERJ reports that the UK road safety awareness group TyreSafe has welcomed a recent government initiative to ban tires aged 10 years or older, saying it highlights the importance of the safety of part-worn tires for the public.

“The government’s willingness to address that concern has to be welcomed as it can only reduce the risks of a tire-related incident,” says Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chair.

To learn more about the issue, please read ERJ’s articles:

  1. “UK bans truck/bus tires aged 10 years and over”
  2. “TyreSafe welcomes UK initiative to ban old tires”