Safety check on the car tyres
Why is tyre safety so important?
Your safety, along with the safety of your passengers and other road users, could depend directly on the condition of your vehicle’s tyres.
Tyres must be:
- right kind and size for your vehicle
- properly inflated
- free from defects and
- have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm
What are the legal requirements for tyres in Ireland?
The law states that, it is a driver’s responsibility to make sure that their vehicle meets legal
requirements and is in a road worthy condition at all times.
The Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Vehicles) Regulations 2003 sets out requirements for tyre condition and tyre tread depth for vehicles which are used on a public road.
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.
The dangers of using sub-standard or incorrect tyres are:
- Reduced road handling – you have less control of your vehicle
- Increased braking distances – up to twice the normal braking distance to stop
- Aquaplaning – where your tyres lose grip on the road in wet conditions
- Blow-outs – resulting in loss of control of the vehicle
Read more about Tyre Safety Test on the RSA Website