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Are your tyres Legal?

It is illegal to use unsuitable tyres.

The law requires that you fit your vehicle with the correct type and size of tyre for the kind of vehicle you’re driving - and the purpose for which you’re using it.

This also means ensuring that they’re inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure.

It is illegal to use over-worn tyres.

The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6mm, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre.

For safety reasons, we at Britalba  recommend you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached, and preferably at 3mm as tyre tread depth has a huge impact on braking distance.

If you’re found to have tyres fitted that are worn beyond the legal minimum limit, you’ll be penalised with three penalty points and £2,500 in fines - per tyre. Another good reason why we recommend regular tyre checks.  

It is illegal to mix tyres of different types.

The law states that tyres that are constructed differently must not be fitted to opposite sides of the same axle. The two main tyre types are radial and cross-ply.

You’re allowed to mix brands and patterns of the same tyre type, so long as it’s appropriate for your vehicle and meets with the manufacturer’s recommendation. Check your owner’s manual for details.

In doubt? Call us on 0118 988 9555 or have a free tyre check in our premises.