An Garda Síochána recently stopped the driver of a car dangerously travelling with two defective tyres.
Waterford Roads Policing Unit stopped the motorist to discover their car had two unroadworthy tyres, both of which with an illegal thread depth of less than 1.6mm and cracking on the inside.
Gardaí say a fixed charge penalty notice (FCPN) was issued and the owner was instructed not to drive the car any further until the issue was fixed.
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.