Used Tyres and the LawPart Worn Tyre - The Law

The sale of used tyres is controlled by The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 act, which is part of the Consumer Protection Act (please click here to view this regulation on the legislation.gov.uk website).

It is an offence for anyone to sell part worn tyres that do not meet the following principal requirements:

  • All part used tyres must have passed a full inflation test prior to sale
  • The original grooves of the tread pattern must still be clearly visible in their entirety and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread (the minimum legal tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm), around its entire circumference.
  • The structure of the tyre must not have been compromised. The tyre should be free of cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or steel cords should be exposed.
  • Any repair that has been carried out to a part used tyre must have been carried out in accordance with paragraphs 4-7 of BS AU 159.
  • Part Used Tyres that have not been retreaded must clearly show the relevant 'E' mark alongside which 'PART WORN' must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into the tyre.
  • Part Used Tyres which have not been retreaded must clearly show the relevant 'E' mark alongside which 'PART WORN' must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into the tyre.
  • Part Used Tyres are safe, if bought from a reputable source. Like everthing in life, if it sounds to good to be true then it normally turns out to be that way.

Part Used Tyres are a great investment, saving you money and saving the environment by recycling tyres that otherwise would of been scrapped.