UK Tyre Law

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In the UK, the law states that vehicles must be fitted with the correct size and type of tyre. This varies for each type of vehicle and also for the purpose in which it is being used for i.e: sports, heavy goods etc, therefore for this reason you must always ensure you have the right tyres fitted and also for safety reasons - always ensuring that tyres are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended pressure.

The legal limit in the UK for minimum tread depth on tyres is 1.6 millimetres across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. Please see the picture below if you are unsure of how to read the tread depth.


Even though this diagram is an indicator on how to measure tread depth, you should always check the tread depth using a tread depth gauge for accuracy and ensure that you check your tyres regularly for bulges or wear.

We recommend for saftey reasons that you replace your tyres before the legal limit is reached. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend that you replace your tyres when the tread depth reaches 3 millimetres. The tread depth on your vehicle determines the impact on braking distance. At 1.6 millimetres in wet weather it takes an extra car length to stop at 50 mph than if your tread was 3 millimetres. You should always check your tyres regularly to make sure that you have sufficient tread left - by doing so you can advoid recieving 3 penalty points per tyre under the legal limit and upto £2,500 in fines per tyre.