At Railway Tyres, we understand just how Important Tyre Safety is
The tyres on your vehicle play a key role in your vehicle’s safety. This is because your tyres are the only part of your vehicle in contact with the road.
What are the legal requirements for tyres in Ireland?
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.
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 E2,500, or receive a 3-month prison sentence, or both. You will also have five penalty points on your licence on conviction.
Tyres are the only element that connects the vehicle to the road and a tyre relies on its tread pattern to provide grip for stopping, steering and driving the vehicle along.
Passenger tyres with less than 1.6mm of tread are dangerous and illegal. If a car did drive on tyres that are below this threshold, the speed at which hydroplaning begins would be reduced by up to 40%.
This is one of the reasons why a tyre must be removed from service when the tread depth is at 1.6mm.
Drivers should regularly check the depth of their tyres’ tread – a simple process that can be done using tread wear indicators. These indicators are built in every tyre.
Many motorists do not realise that they need no special equipment to check their tyres. A Tread Wear Indicator is a rubber moulding raised above the base of the tread groove – and when the adjacent tread has worn down to the minimum level, the tyre should be changed.
Consumers can also check their tread depth using a euro coin (20p coin for UK), whose external golden rim should be covered by the tread. All four tyres must be checked and they must be checked in each groove in at least two points.
In order to maximise performance and safety, drivers must comply with the EU tyre tread regulation. For winter tyres, national regulations, including tread depth, differ from country to country.
Furthermore, there is the need to conduct regular visual checks to make sure they are within the legal limit. Tyres should also be inflated to the correct pressure, according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.