Are UK road users being put at risk by cheap mislabelled foreign-made tyres?
Labels on new tyres are supposed to give performance in three areas – stopping power in the wet, noise, and fuel efficiency.
I told in July how the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency could not say if it had carried out any tests to see if the claims on the labels were accurate.
Unite The Union warned at the time that potentially mislabelled tyres, mainly from Asian manufacturers, were placing motorists’ lives in danger.
Now it turns out that the DVSA inspected four retailers in the last financial year and found varying degrees of incorrect labelling.
I’ve asked for specific details of how the labels were inaccurate and am still waiting for an answer.
The DVSA says it is working with the trade to raise awareness of the label regulations and is looking at ways of increasing compliance and helping consumers make informed choices.
The revelation followed a Freedom of Information request by Unite.
This is a startling admission, said national officer for the rubber industry Tony Devlin.
The DVSA has barely stuck its toe in the water and has already unearthed widespread non-compliance.
The government needs to come clean and reveal how serious the tyre mislabelling problems are and who is responsible. Is it the manufacturer the supplier or the retailer?
Awareness raising activities are all very well but if a company is deliberately ignoring the regulations and mislabelling tyres then there needs to be proper enforcement and prosecutions, as drivers lives are being placed in danger.
The union is concerned that there could be job losses among UK-based tyre manufacturers if no action is taken against the cheap imports.
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