An Garda Síochána recently stopped a motorist travelling in Limerick city with excessively worn tyres.
It was stopped when a Garda motorcycle patrol detected that the vehicle had no insurance. The unroadworthy tyres were then discovered and the vehicle was seized, Gardaí say.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) says that on average in 14 deaths each year, tyres were a contributory factor in the crash that killed the people involved.
The RSA adds 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.