Gardaí in Co Kerry recently stopped the driver of a car with two bald tyres, after they observed the motorist driving erratically in the Tralee area.
The vehicle’s tyres were inspected by the Gardaí, who discovered two of them had an illegal tread depth of under 1.6mm.
It also transpired that the driver was an unaccompanied leaner, with no L-plates displayed and no NCT.
Gardaí say the vehicle was seized and a Fixed Charge Penalty Notice (FCPN) was issued.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) states that by law, it is a driver’s responsibility to make sure that their vehicle meets legal requirements and is in a roadworthy condition at all times.
If you drive with damaged or worn tyres, you are putting your own life and the life of others at risk. You also risk prosecution.
If you are convicted of the offence of driving with dangerous tyres, you could be fined up to €2,500, or receive a 3-month prison sentence, or both.
You will also have five penalty points on your licence on conviction.