October 18, 2019

FTA reacts to omission of vans from 10-year tyre ban consultation

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed concern at the government’s proposals to tighten tyre safety standards for lorries, buses and minibuses, but not for vans. 

The Department for Transport (DfT) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have launched a consultation on banning older tyres.

In response to the publication of the consultation, James Firth, FTA’s head of road freight regulation policy, commented: “FTA is calling for the government to include vans in its consultation on banning 10-year-old tyres; with more than 4.2 million of these vehicles on our roads, van operators must be held against the same compliance and safety standards as any other commercial vehicle.

“FTA is committed to ensuring the highest safety standards are met across the logistics industry; we want to see a strong enforcement effort against all vehicles which may compromise road safety, including caravans and trailers.”

The consultation follows a campaign called ‘Tyred’ by Frances Molloy, whose son Michael died in a coach crash caused by a tyre that was almost 20 years old.