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Road Safety Archive

REACT scheme gains traction in Ireland

More than 4,000 commercial tyre technicians have been trained, assessed as competent and issued with a licence to work safely at the roadside across the UK since 2011, and the initiative is now gaining traction in Ireland. The Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians (REACT) scheme in the UK, the brainchild of the National Tyre Distributors

NTDA appalled by results of 2nd Northern Ireland tyre survey

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NI) has released the results of 2017 tyre tread depth on replacement survey, which showed that in one week in March, members had removed 1,200 tyres from cars and light commercial vans that were already below the legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm. This follows on from a similar survey

ITIAl launches REACT roadside safety initiative

The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) has introduced a new initiative to ensure tyre fitters and repairers keep safe in carrying out their work on our motorways. The REACT (Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Tyres) initiative was launched recently with representatives from the Road Safety Authority, the Health and Safety Authority, Irish Road Haulage Association and

TyreSafe urges motorists to ensure their tyres are ready for adverse driving conditions

With warnings of snow and below zero temperatures across much of the UK and Ireland forecast for the end of this week TyreSafe, the UK’s tyre safety charity, is urging motorists to ensure their tyres are suitable for the adverse driving conditions. The last time the Uk and Ireland experienced widespread heavy snowfalls and record

New road safety focuses on devastation caused by drink-drivers

“My body was completely broken, but I didn’t realise I would never see him again.” These are the words of Gillian Treacy, mother of four year old Ciarán who was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver in April 2014. Gillian’s story and that of her husband Ronan, the Emergency Services who attended

Drivers get tyre safety warning

TyreSafe, the UK tyre safety organisation is reminding drivers Don’t chance it – check it throughout the year. While the number of reported casualties caused by tyre-related defects fell in 2015, on average over 1000 people a year are killed or injured from such incidents. In fact, that average number of casualties is higher than

38,787 people killed on Irish roads since records began

Following the ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ yesterday, where road safety groups called on road-users throughout the island of Ireland to remember those who have tragically died on the road and to also think of their families, the numbers being killed continues to rise. A total of 38,787 people have been recorded

NTDA hardens stance to support side wall drilling

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) in Britain is now advocating “the drilling of side walls or the cutting of beads on tyres that have been removed from a vehicle and which the tyre technician / tyre retailer considers end of life as such actions represent an effective approach to ensuring such tyres are permanently

TyreSafe reminds drivers to check their tyres

TyreSafe, the UK tyre safety organisation, is reminding drivers Don’t chance it – check it throughout the year. While the number of reported casualties caused by tyre-related defects in the UK fell in 2015, on average over 1000 people a year are killed or injured from such incidents. In fact, that average number of casualties

UK tyre survey reveals 10 million motorists could be driving on illegal

Over 10 million UK motorists could drive a vehicle with an illegal and dangerous tyre during 2016 according to results of the most comprehensive survey of its kind. Conducted by TyreSafe in partnership with Highways England, the survey revealed more than 27% of tyres were already illegal when they were replaced. That could equate to

Tyresafe focuses on keeping riders safe

With more commuter-sized motorcycles and scooters being sold than ever before, TyreSafe has unveiled dedicated materials to help keep riders safe on their daily travels. Launched to coincide with the Motorcycle Industry Association’s (MCIA) Ride to Work Week, the potentially life-saving advice for scooter commuters includes choosing the right tyre, essential routine maintenance and understanding when