Merseyside tyre safety concerns mount as more licensed vehicles suspended from action

Tyre safety concerns mount in Liverpool as two more taxi and private hire vehicles are suspended from action in Merseyside.

Officials from Liverpool City Council (LCC) yesterday advised drivers in the area to “please ensure you carry out regular inspections of your vehicles tyres”, following a recent upsurge in vehicles being found with dangerous tyres.

Yesterday afternoon a Liverpool licensed taxi was suspended for a heavily worn and illegal rear tyre. Photos shared by the licensing authority show the white cord underneath the rubber grip displayed on the edge of the wheel.

On Tuesday, enforcement officers unearthed an illegal tyre attached to a Liverpool registered private hire car. The tyre grip on one half of the wheel was completely worn away with a strip of cord not only displayed, but also eroded.

These latest finding come after an LCC compliance operation at the busy Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Liverpool Lime Street train station the previous week.

Taxi and private hire licensing officials suspended a further two private hire vehicles from working after uncovering dangerously worn tyres.

The legal tyre tread depth for cars in the UK and Europe is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre, according to current law.

Image credit: LCC Licensing (Twitter)

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