SDLP Derry City Councillor Brian Tierney has called on suppliers of part-worn tyres to ensure all stock meets road safety regulations.
Cllr Tierney made the appeal after it was revealed that just 8% of part-worn tyres tested by local authorities in Northern Ireland fully complied with safety regulations while a staggering 35% (13 out of 37 tested) had serious faults that would potentially affect the safety of the tyre.
Cllr Tierney said he was supporting Derry City Council’s Environmental Health Officers who have backed the Tyre Safety Month campaign to highlight the potential dangers of purchasing part-worn tyres.
He said: “I am backing the council in calling on suppliers of part-worn tyres to make sure that all the items they sell meet the requirements set down by law.
“While I understand the financial pressures facing people in the current economic climate, I would appeal to everyone not to be tempted to put a price on safety when it comes to our roads.”
The Tyre Safety Month campaign is taking place across Northern Ireland during the month of October.