Motorists Face Penalty Points For Faulty Tyres From Later This Year

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While many may not realise it, defective tyres are actually responsible for a lot more fatal accidents than you’d think. A report from the Road Safety Authority found here https://www.rsa.ie/en/Utility/News/News-2016/DEFECTIVE-TYRES-A-FACTOR-IN-71-ROAD-DEATHS-BETWEEN-2008-AND-2012 showed that, of the 101 fatal collisions which occurred as a result of vehicle factors between 2008 and 2012, nearly two-thirds were due to faulty tyres.

Of the 858 accidents which were included in the study, it clearly proves that tyres are the most likely vehicle component to be responsible for your accident. With these results in mind, the RSA has started its own campaign, showing motorists how dangerous under-inflated, damaged or worn tyres can be.

Statistics from Garda’s forensic evidence teams backed up the RSA’s findings, with the results of the Forensic Collisions Investigation Unit’s five-year study showing that dangerous tyres were responsible for 14 deaths every year. These statistics came from reports compiled once Garda enquiries on each accident had been concluded, and not just initial judgements from the on-scene reports.

With these worrying statistics in mind, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has promised to take action, and start issuing motorists with penalty points and a fine if their vehicles are found to have poorly maintained tyres. While there’s no immediate start date, Mr Donohoe has promised that the penalty points and fining systems will certainly be brought in later on in 2016. Although the quantity of penalty points has yet to be decided, the option to use them has been around for some time, as they were listed on the original legislation, and just not brought into use.

Mr Donohoe was amazed by how dangerous poorly maintained tyres were, and urged Irish motorists to take the opportunity to check their vehicle regularly, ensuring that tyres and other components were in good order.

The RSA’s chief executive, Moyah Murdock, pointed out that responsible road use meant that each motorist has a duty to keep their vehicle in as good a condition as possible, and that a quick visual check won’t necessarily give you an accurate picture of your vehicle’s tyre conditions.

There’s no substitute for a good vehicle service by a qualified mechanic. Your tyres keep your car grounded; they shouldn’t be responsible for putting you into the ground.

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The RSA’s new ad campaign, entitled ‘Grip’ (see video below), which has been launched on our TV’s recently

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