July 24 2014 Latest news:

Motorists who fail to take proper care of their tyres face fines of up to £10,000 and could see any insurance claims denied.

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Each defective or bald tyre could see a driver hit with a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points, meaning four dodgy tyres on a car could lead to a five-figure fine and 12 penalty points.

A poll of drivers carried out by Confused.com found that about six people in 10 did not know that the correct tread depth for their tyres was 1.6mm, and a similar number of people did not know what the correct pressure was.

“Tyre maintenance may not sound like the most exciting topic on the planet but it is important for basic road safety,” said Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at Confused. “If your tyres have too much air or too little, this can wear the tread of tyres down quickly. If a tyre has a tread of less than 1.6mm it is qualified as an illegal tyre.

“If the police stop someone, they will be fined up to £2,500 for each illegal tyre.

“If someone is in a crash and their tyres are below the legal tread limit, a fine can be issued, causing their insurance to be denied.”

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