Tyres and the law

UK law requires that your vehicle is fitted with the correct type and size of tyres for the vehicle type you are driving and for the purpose it is being used. This means fitting the right tyres, and for safety ensuring that they are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure.

The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on a tyre is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread going around the complete circumference of the tyre.

A regular check of each tyre can help you to avoid up to 3 penalty points and £2500 in fines (per tyre) for having tyres worn beyond the legal minimum limit fitted to your vehicle.


Tyre pressure


Tyre pressure is vitally important for you and your car as having the correct tyre pressure in your tyres will extend the life of your tyre, improve vehicle safety and maintain fuel efficiency, saving you time and money. Tyres that are under inflated can overheat; while over inflated tyres can lead to poor handling on the road.

The manufacturer of your vehicle specifies the suitable tyre pressure, and it is your responsibility to make sure this is checked on a regular basis as air generally escapes at a rate of up to two pounds every month, with more escaping during warm weather. Look for the tyre pressure recommended for your vehicle in your vehicle hand book or within the technical information usually found on the inside of your vehicle's front right hand door or fuel filler flap.

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