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‘MORE CORD THAN TYRE’: Police report private hire driver for tyre with dangerously exposed cords

Image credit: GMP Traffic

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Traffic unit has been conducting compliance checks across the city, targeting private hire vehicles for safety checks.

During a recent operation, officers discovered a Toyota Prius with a dangerously worn tyre, exposing internal cords.

The tyre in question was found to have its internal cords visible, a clear indication of excessive wear. Tyres consist of various layers, including rubber and cord materials that provide strength and flexibility. The cords, typically made of textile or steel, are designed to reinforce the tyre. They should never be exposed during normal operation. Exposing these cords not only compromises the tyre’s integrity but also poses a significant safety risk, potentially leading to tyre failure.

In the UK, the legal limit for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre. Driving with tyres below this limit is illegal and can result in fines, penalty points, and, as in this case, immediate suspension of a private hire licence.

This incident serves as a stark reminder for all drivers, particularly those operating private hire vehicles, to ensure their vehicles meet safety standards to avoid legal repercussions and ensure passenger safety.

A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Traffic spokesperson said: “We are out and about in Greater Manchester conducting compliance checks on private hire vehicles.

“This Toyota Prius had more cord than tyre! Immediate prohibition and reported for the offence. His taxi authority was also suspended by licensing.”


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