The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) is urging members to record the tread depths of all tyre replaced on Thursday, June 28, as part of a campaign to highlight the prevalence of worn tyres on the country’s road.
The ITIA is preparing to make a presentation to An Garda Siochána, the Road Safety Authority and other relevant authorities to encourage roadside checks for defective tyres and enforcement of penalty points and fines.
Therefore, the ITIA has designated June 28 as “Tyre Thursday” and is asking members to participate in a data collecting exercise to support this.
“On this day from 9am -6pm we would ask that you record tread depths of all tyres removed at your premises. To ensure consistency you will be provided with a checklist sheet to be completed and returned to ITIA by email or post,” CEO Sue O”Neill commented.
The results of this research will be shared with the RSA and An Garda Siochána to highlight with both entities, the urgent need for Gardai to include tyre checks as part of their roadside investigations which in turn will make the public aware of the need to keep their tyre pressure and tyre tread depth in check.
Many of the public are not even aware that it is already an offence to drive with defective or worn tyres, and that a fixed charge of €80 with two penalty points applies.
To sign up for Tyre Thursday please email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org