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Treading a thin line
Tuesday 19th April, 2011

Not now!

There’s never a good time to get a puncture.

Most local garages will repair a punctured tyre. But once the repair is done, can you be sure it’s still road safe?

When Wigan Council’s Trading Standards Officers visited 28 traders to advise them how tyre repairs should be carried out, 11 out of them (almost 40%) were not aware of the requirement to fill all puncture holes.

There are strict national guidelines that say how tyre repairs should be carried out.

Motorists who take their ‘flat’ to a garage should:
  • Check that the puncture is repaired with a patch on the inside of the tyre
  • Check that the hole running through the tyre is filled

Wigan Council’s Business Service Compliance Manager Julie Searing said: “The danger with improperly sealed tyres is that as the tyre rotates on the road, it will act like a sponge soaking up any surface water. Over time the steel cords in the tyre will corrode weakening its structure.

"It is the responsibility of traders to ensure punctures are repaired properly. If the repairs don't comply with regulations, the tyre may be unsafe for road use."

Traders who did not meet the guidelines have been sent letters reminding them of legal requirements and warning of the consequences should tyres not be repaired properly.
  • For further information regarding tyre safety, please visit www.tyresafe.org
  • You can find a list of reputable traders (including mechanics) through Wigan’s Good Trader Scheme on Wigan Council’s website – www.wigan.gov.uk and search for ‘Good Trader’.

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