Chichester and Selsey drivers fail tyre safety tests

C140935-1 Chi Halfords Firefighter  phot kate''The Fire and police safety team on hand to tell the public about driving in wet weather.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140935-1 SUS-140610-125305001
C140935-1 Chi Halfords Firefighter phot kate''The Fire and police safety team on hand to tell the public about driving in wet weather.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140935-1 SUS-140610-125305001

ALMOST a quarter of drivers who tested their tyre treads in Selsey and Chichester failed to meet the legal requirement, police have revealed.

Chichester Police undertook two days of action to educate shoppers at the Selsey Budgens and Chichester Tesco about the importance of tyre maintenance.

However, out of 201 shoppers, 45 failed to meet the legal minimum.

Police community support officer Jason Lemm said: “2013 was one of the wettest winters in the UK on record and in wet weather and without sufficient tread depth your tyres may not be able to cope properly and you face an increased risk of aquaplaning.”

This October, as part of tyre safety month, police and fire services have been highlighting the importance of checking tyre pressure and tread to people, particularly with the 20p test.

If the outer rim of a 20p coin is visible after it is inserted into a tyre’s main tread grooves, then the grooves are too worn to be legal.

Police officers were in Selsey and Chichester on October 15 and 16.

Also, fire brigade safety officers were at the Halfords store in Chichester earlier this month to promote tyre safety.

Advice was given to the 45 who tyres failed the 20p test by police officers.