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Out-of-town Wolverhampton PHV suspended for illegally worn tyre in city centre

Updated: May 8

Image credit: Liverpool City Council Licensing

A routine vehicle inspection by Liverpool City Council's Licensing Unit led to the suspension of a Wolverhampton-registered private hire vehicle (PHV) found to be using an illegally worn tyre.

The incident occurred on Saturday evening, highlighting ongoing concerns about vehicle safety among some licensed drivers.

During the inspection, it was discovered that the tyre's rubber tread was significantly worn, measuring well below the statutory minimum of 1.6 millimetres. As a result, the vehicle's licence was suspended, and the driver has been reported for the offence.

A Liverpool City Council's Licensing spokesperson emphasised the importance of regular tyre checks for licensed vehicles, noting, "Licensed vehicles clock up the mileage - check the tyres regularly!" The statement underlines the necessity for consistent maintenance to ensure public safety and compliance with road safety laws.

UK law mandates that all tyres must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6 millimetres across the central three-quarters of the tyre, around its entire circumference. Driving with tyres that do not meet these criteria can lead to significant penalties, including fines and points on the driver's licence.

To assist drivers in maintaining their vehicle's tyres within legal specifications, a simple method involves using a 20p coin. By inserting the coin into the tread grooves at various points around the tyre, visibility of the coin's outer band indicates that the tread depth may be insufficient. If this is the case, the tyre should be professionally assessed and possibly replaced to meet safety standards.

A Liverpool City Council Licensing spokesperson added: “A Wolverhampton PHV was inspected this evening and found to be operating with an illegal tyre.

“The vehicle licence was suspended, and the driver is to be reported for the offence.”


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