Car tyres responsible for thousands of tonnes of UK plastic pollution according to a Friends of the Earth report Up to 19,000 tonnes of microplastic pollution could be entering UK waterways every year from vehicle tyres, says a new report for Friends of the Earth published today. The environmental campaign group is calling on the government’s resources and waste strategy - expected later this month - to include measures for tackling microplastics as part of a comprehensive action plan. Vehicle tyres shed tiny bits of plastic (a mixture of natural and synthetic rubber, and well as various additives) during driving, and are believed to be responsible for the greatest proportion of microplastic pollution entering EU surface waters. Microplastics can also absorb and concentrate
Investigations by TyreSafe in partnership with Trading Standards over the past five years have revealed a staggering 139 of the 152 part worn outlets visited were selling illegal and unsafe tyres to unsuspecting motorists. That leaves just 13 dealers selling roadworthy tyres from inspections spanning from Scotland to London. Tyres are an essential factor in road safety as the only part of a vehicle in touch with the road. Tyres provide the grip which both braking and steering systems depend upon to be effective. Driving with defective tyres will mean a vehicle takes longer to stop and be more difficult to control when cornering. However, TyreSafe and Trading Standards investigations have highlighted part worn retailers are either ignoring their responsibilities when selling tyres...
At its annual Tyre Safety Month briefing, TyreSafe has launched its new summer campaign, in addition to making its materials for October’s Tyre Safety Month available. TyreSafe’s latest campaign will come as a surprise to some, as the organisation reveals it’s actually the summer months when Britain’s motorists are more likely to be involved in a tyre-related incident. Despite the cold and changeable weather, and difficult road conditions, from October through to March, according to the Department for Transport’s data, it’s actually July when tyre-related incidents are at their most frequent, with August and June close behind. The UK’s tyre safety charity believes this is due to a combination of factors. Firstly, as we all are too aware, summer in Britain doesn’t necessarily m
Avon Tyres has introduced a new premium summer tyre to its range, the ZT7, suitable for small and mid-sized cars. Replacing the ZT5 passenger car tyre, the all-new ZT7 has been developed to provide both a quieter and more economical driving experience whilst retaining sporty handling characteristics. Avon’s noise damping ‘fins’, located in the tyre’s tread, are responsible for reducing airborne noise from contact with the road and make this Avon’s quietest tyre yet with a 69dB rating. The ZT7 offers drivers improved fuel economy thanks to an optimised tread gauge which distributes load evenly, lowering the tyre’s rolling resistance. Improved tread wear is an added benefit, as the tyre has been designed with a more uniform footprint. For enhanced traction, as well as improve
Autoparts UK has introduced two new passenger car tyres into its exclusive range of ORIUM tyres including ORIUM HP, a high performance tyre, and an ultra-high performance tyre, ORIUM UHP, with both tyres featuring a new tread pattern and wet grip rating. Firstly, ORIUM HP features a range of advanced wear performances making the tyres easy to control at any speed with its asymmetrical tread pattern design and rigid ribs. Its new Silica compound based tread pattern also optimises fuel consumption and delivers strong performances on wet and dry road surfaces. ORIUM HP offers excellent vehicle coverage and sizes 15-inch to 16-inch are available for series 45 to 65. Meanwhile, ORIUM UHP’s asymmetrical tread pattern design also offers improved performance on both wet roads due to