Trading Standards never tyre of keeping consumers safe

18 February 2019
Inspection of tyres during the operation

The actions of Waltham Forest Council Trading Standards Officers have prevented a dangerously unsafe tyre being sold to motorists in the borough.

On Thursday 24 January 2019 Simon Capon, the owner of Aaron Tyres, 174 Midland Road, E10 6JT, pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates’ Court to three charges for selling a part-worn tyre that failed essential safety tests. 

This followed a visit by officers in June 2018 as part of a London-wide tyre safety project. Officers carried out a test purchase of a part-worn tyre for £30 which underwent testing by an independent consultant the following day. The tyre was found to be dangerously unsafe with deep cuts in the tyre’s tread exposing the inner sections of the tyre, as well as two pieces of rusty steel wire embedded in the tyre. It also was not marked part worn as required by legislation. For these failings it was found that the tyre did not meet the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994.

When interviewed under caution, Mr Capon admitted he was at fault selling the tyre and that he acknowledged he should have spotted the defects. The defendant did not attend court and instead pleaded guilty by post. The court heard Mr Capon had no previous convictions and alongside the early guilty plea, magistrates decided to impose a fine of £346, with the council awarded costs of £751.06 and an additional £34 victim surcharge.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Car tyres play a critical role in how a car handles. If this tyre had been fitted to a car, the driver may have found their steering and braking affected and an accident may even have occurred.

“Trading Standards Officers work hard to keep our residents protected from retailers who sell unsafe or counterfeit goods to unsuspecting shoppers. This result sends a clear message that we will take action against business owners who do not take the care they should when serving their customers.”

Drivers are responsible for ensuring the tyres are safe, legal, and in a roadworthy state. Failure to comply with the minimum regulations can result in fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.

If you have concerns about unsafe tyres being sold in the borough, please report the matter to Trading Standards on 020 8496 3000.