Updated: Feb 8, 2020
A London private hire vehicle was deemed unfit after police officers discover dangerous super slick tyre.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police stopped the Transport for London (TfL) licensed minicab on Thursday 6 February. The vehicle was issued a stop notice until the vehicle is re-inspected by the capital's private hire regulators TfL.
A photo of the tyre shows the grip worn almost completely away. On the inside edge of the tyre the rubber was so worn, the underlying white cords were displayed.
The photo of the defective wheel shows the tread wear indicator bars flush to the surface level of the tyre across three of the four indicators.
Tread wear indicator bars are moulded into the tread of the tyres. The depth of the bar indicates when the tread is approaching its minimum legal depth of 1.5mm across the width of the tread.
During the same day the Met’s Cab Unit campaign also yielded two charges for drivers illegally touting.
One of the drivers caught was a licensed TfL private hire driver, whilst the second was unlicensed.
According to the police, ‘court dates await both drivers’.
Image credit: Met Police Roads and Transport (Twitter)