Police mark tyre safety week in Bexhill

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Police in Rother will be offering advice and assistance to motorists about the condition of their tyres as National Tyre Safety Week opens on Monday (November 23).

In partnership with DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) and Elva Recovery, road policing officers will be at the Ravenside Retail Park in Bexhill between 10am and 2pm.

Drivers will be able to get advice about how to ensure tyres are legal, how to go about regular maintenance and see examples of illegal tyres which will be on show.

PC Barry Freeman of Sussex Police’s road policing unit said: “Some people drive with tyres in really poor condition, which can put themselves and other road users at great risk.

“With the weather changes that autumn and the approach of winter bring, it is important to make sure that your tyres are safe and legal.

“It is recommended that tyres are checked at least once a month and before any long journey.

“This should include checking the air pressure, overall condition and that the tread depth is at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre and around the whole circumference for cars.

“Tyre maintenance is the responsibility of all drivers and there is no excuse not to check.”

Drivers who fail to comply with tyre regulations face a fine of up to £2500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

To find out more visit www.tyresafe.org.