The Government is consulting on a new law that could see older tyres banned from being used on certain types of vehicle.
Under the proposed law, buses, coaches, lorries and minibuses would not be allowed to be fitted with tyres more than 10 years old.
If the plan wins support it could be put into force by early 2020.
The consultation is also looking at whether such a ban should be extended to other vehicles that carry members of the public, such as taxis and private hire vehicles.
It follows a campaign by Frances Molloy, whose son Michael died along with two others in a coach crash caused by a 19-year-old tyre in 2012.
She has since worked with the Tyred campaign since to call for a change in the law.
Age affects safety
Announcing the consultation, Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis said: “Our priority is keeping people safe on our roads, and we are taking action to reduce the number of people killed or injured.
“There is increasing evidence that age affects the safety of tyres, which is why I think older tyres should not be used on large vehicles.
“I would like to thank Frances Molloy and the Tyred campaign for their work raising this important issue – the changes we are consulting on could save lives.”
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The consultation follows other measures put into place since 2012 to limit the use of old tyres on large vehicles.
The DVSA’s guidance on maintaining roadworthiness recommends that tyres aged 10 years and older should not be used on the front axles of heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches but it is not a legal requirement.
According to Department for Transport research, ageing tyres suffer corrosion which could cause them to fail with potentially dangerous consequences.
The recent DfT report includes reports from two fatal crashes – one involving a coach on the A3 in 2012, and another on the M5 in 2017, involving a heavy goods vehicle.