Tyred, a campaign aimed at banning tyres older than ten years from being used by coaches or buses, has been relaunched. Its social media and website have all gone live and already gaining support, with National Express having signed up as the first commercial backer. The initiative was launched by Frances Molloy, whose 18-year-old son, Michael, died in a coach crash while travelling from a music festival in 2012. The incident caused three people to lose their lives, with more suffering life changing injuries. The cause of the accident was attributed to a tyre that was more than 19 years old.
The coroner who wrote to the Government appealing for legislation to ban tyres older than ten years from being used by coaches or minibuses. Instead of implementing the legislation, the DfT amended its safety guidelines for public service vehicles, recommending that tyres over a decade old should not be fitted. However, the campaign believes this is not enough.
Tyred cites a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This research suggests ageing tyres primarily degrade from the inside out, which can lead to the inner layers delaminating from the steel belts inside. This may lead to exploding tyres in some cases.
The campaign’s website said: “Old tyres kill. Let’s change the law so this negligence stops and future deaths are avoided.”